Southern Fancy Green Beans

To be honest, I don’t really love vegetables.  There are some that I really like (peas, green beans, broccoli, and corn), and these are the ones that you can see gracing the plate in a fabulous supporting role next to the main dish.  But most other vegetables do not make their way onto my plate.

Green beans are one of those veggies that I love and will eat over and over again.  This recipe really does make these plain lil beans “fancy”.  And since we put bacon in it, I guess we can call it Southern.

Now with all the onion chopping, potato dicing, bacon cooking and garlic clove mincing, this recipe is a little involved for just a side dish, and it’s something I personally would only do for a special occasion.  However, one way you can still make your boring, everyday green beans a little fancier is just to add a dash of balsamic vinegar and maybe even some chicken broth.  It adds so much to the flavor!

Southern Fancy Green Beans

Yields: 4 servings

Southern Fancy Green Beans


  • 3 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled.
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 1 pound fresh green beans, trimmed and snapped
  • 4 small new potatoes, diced
  • 1/2 large clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons chicken broth
  • 3/4 teaspoon white balsamic vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Melt the butter in a skillet over medium-low heat. Add onion and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the cooked bacon, green beans, potatoes, garlic, and chicken broth.
  2. Bring to a boil, cover, and simmer over low heat until the green beans are tender, about 10 minutes.
  3. Sprinkle with vinegar, salt, and pepper, and serve.



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