Wednesday, February 23, 2011

String Beans and Salt Pork

Dinner Tonight:  Baked chicken, baked potatoes, string beans, salad
My mother was of French Canadian descent, born and raised in the tiny community of Stockholm in northern Maine, near the Canadian border. One French Canadian tradition was too cook greens with salt pork, You didn't cook them for just a little while. No, cooking them was an all afternoon affair. The beans are rather mushy but have a great flavor. They are NOT low fat. A few years back at a family reunion, I started with about 8 pounds of fresh beans and a pound of salt pork, Everyone told me I was making too much but by the end of the meal, the pot was empty.

The recipe is simple: clean string beans, add some sliced salt pork, cover with water, bring to a boil, then simmer, minimum time an hour. Typically I use fresh beans but tonight I used a one pound package of frozen bean, and cooked for about 45 minutes. They are great heated up the next day. The next day I went to look for them for lunch but they were gone! Spirited off by Clark for his lunch!

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