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Kentucky Wonder Beans

Rated as 4.75 out of 5 Stars

"These are an old soul food heirloom favorite in the garden and what I remember eating frequently as a child. I grew the pole variety this summer and they are super prolific/productive. They taste like nothing you buy in a store - super meaty, tender, long-lasting flavor. And now they are a favorite in my own family. The beans will cook in this semi-salty broth, and won't be as salty as is the broth."
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20 m servings 78
Original recipe yields 4 servings


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  1. Pour about 1 inch of water into a saucepan; add green beans, bacon, garlic, olive oil, sea salt, and pepper. Bring the water to a boil, reduce heat to medium, and place a cover on the saucepan. Cook beans until tender, 7 to 10 minutes.


  • Editor's Note:
  • The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the broth ingredients. The actual amount of the brine consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 78 calories; 4.5 8.3 2.9 5 285 Full nutrition

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This is exactly how my Grandma always cooked green beans out of the garden. Only change made was she cut the bacon up into bits, sauteed it in her cast iron skillet with a little butter and thre...

These were excellent! They had that southern vegetable taste, without frying up a bunch of bacon or cooking the vegetables in tablespoons of bacon grease. It made the texture much better too, in...

I was craving green beans and used this recipe. I added about a 1/2 tsp of onion powder to it. Very tasty! This recipe has been added to my recipe box.

Fantastic. I used extra bacon and added a bit of chicken bouillon to the water, but followed the recipe otherwise. The beans were a big hit. I will definitely make these again. Thanks!

I came across Kentucky Wonder beans in the supermarket yesterday and decided to give them a try. Their appearance before cooking could lead one to suspect that they might be tough and stringy, ...

I loved them - I made it with fresh green beans from the store and they were very tasty!

I have made this several times already. Easy, tasty and southern!