A staple recipe in our household is Old-Fashioned Green Beans. They’re easy to make, and the recipe doubles easily so it can feed a crowd. My husband and I often take these beans to potlucks and other events where we are responsible for a side dish. We also serve them regularly at family meals.
Despite the simple recipe, my husband doesn’t think I make green beans right. This recipe comes from his side of the family, so he feels some proprietary ownership in it. He’s often suspicious of my cooking, thinking I don’t follow the recipe. And sometimes I don’t.
Still, what can go wrong with green beans? Fry the bacon and onion, dump in the beans, and add some spices.
It’s in the spices where he thinks I go wrong.
So I wrote down what he did when he made the green beans for our Thanksgiving dinner last week. Here is the official Old-Fashioned Green Bean recipe (though he modified it from his mother’s recipe, because we didn’t have the exact spices she used):
Old-Fashioned Green Beans
2 lbs green beans
2 strips bacon
1 medium onion
1 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp Mrs. Dash or Perfect Pinch or Beau Monde (see, there are variations)
1 tsp seasoned salt (he used Lawry’s)
1 tsp garlic salt
Cut up bacon, fry on medium heat. Chop onion and add to bacon. Cook for 3-5 minutes.
Add beans, up to 1/3 pan of water, and seasonings.
Bring to boil, then simmer as long as time allows (at least 2 hours).
What recipes does your family argue over?