Posted by: literallydelicious | May 22, 2010

Green Beans and New Potatoes

We stopped at a fruit stand on Utica Avenue the other day and bought a bag of lovely new red potatoes, some cucumbers and fresh corn on the cob, some delicious Stilwell strawberries and yummy cherry tomatoes. The only disappointment was no green beans; it’s still a little early for that.

We went from there to Red Lobster where I pretty much ignored my shrimp and rice in favor of a baked potato that was incredibly good. Chunks of salt on a tender skin, the insides soft and creamy . . . the butter and sour cream on the side were hardly necessary.

Best potatoes I ever had: we’d gone camping in the California desert and had steak and fire-baked potatoes for dinner one night. The next morning, after frying up a skillet full of bacon, I sliced the leftover potatoes and fried them in the bacon grease. They were incredible.

Green beans with new potatoes is, if not in second place, then pretty darn close. The potatoes are ready, and in another week or two or three, the green beans will be plentiful, too. If you need meat with a meal, nothing goes better than ham, but I can make an entire meal of nothing but the veggies.

This is one of those dishes where the amounts depend on your pan and just how much you want to make. I usually use my biggest stock pot — 12 quarts or more — so adjust ingredients to your needs.

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GREEN BEANS AND NEW POTATOES

1 ham hock or ham shank

2-4 strips of bacon

fresh green beans, trimmed

small new red potatoes (cut bigger ones into chunks)

salt and pepper to taste

1. Place ham hock/shank and bacon in a large stockpot; fill 2/3 with water and add beans, potatoes and seasonings. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium and cook until potatoes are tender.

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  1. I’ve only had red potatoes and green beans once, but I LOVED them.

    • Oh, my gosh, Jackie, you’ve been so deprived! Mom made this all summer long (and my bil makes it for Thanksgiving and Christmas). I love it love it. Next time we have food at a meeting, if the beans are available fresh, I’ll bring this.


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