This evening Sam and I enjoyed the first harvest from our green bean plants. This first picking was not huge, but it was just the right amount for the two of us. And the beans were GORGEOUS! I don’t know how to convey just how beautiful they were, except to show you….
All day long I thought and thought about the best way to prepare these first fruits of Sam’s labor; the fruits of love, and sweat, and manure. And it came to me – bacon grease! I know, I know, bacon grease isn’t very healthful, or low-fat, or good for you. But it is delicious, and goes great with green beans. Keep in mind, these beans deserved a place of honor on our table. They are representative of all our hard work and God’s provision for us, and what better way to honor Him than to baptize these babies in bacon grease? In the future, beans will be steamed and lightly seasoned with salt and pepper and maybe a squeeze of fresh lemon juice or a snippet of chives or fresh parsley, but for tonight we lived in decadence and enjoyed the bounty of our harvest in style.
1 pound fresh green beans, ends removed and snapped to the size you like
1 tablespoon bacon grease
2 garlic cloves, pressed or finely minced
1/2 cup onion
1/2 cup red bell pepper (optional – I left it out this time)
2/3 cup chicken stock
salt & pepper to taste
In a large cast iron skillet, over medium heat, melt bacon grease, add garlic, onion, and red pepper. Saute for 2-3 minutes or until the onions just become soft. Add green beans, chicken stock and salt and pepper. Cover with a loose fitting lid and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 20-30 minutes, or until beans are tender, but with a slight bite to them (not mushy).