How to make slow cooker Southern-style braised green beans

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If you’ve never had Southern-style braised green beans, you really have to try them. Sweet green beans become tender when slowly simmered with smoky bacon, creating the perfect side dish for a Southern-style picnic with cornbread. What I love about the recipe below is that the slow cooker makes preparing this dish so easy.
Traditionally, this dish is made by simmering fresh green beans with bacon or ham for hours, adding a salty and smoky element to the beans. The bacon really adds a lot of flavor to the dish, but if you’re a vegetarian you can substitute 2 tablespoons of smoked paprika for the bacon and vegetable broth for the chicken broth.
Slow Cooker Braised Green Beans
15 minutes
8 hours
8 hours 15 minutes
2 lbs fresh green beans
4 cups chicken broth
3 cups water
1 cup cooked, rough chopped bacon (about 1 lb)
1 clove garlic, minced
1 small sweet onion, finely diced
1½ tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
Prepare the green beans by washing them under cold, running water. Snip off both ends and cut the beans in half.
Add all of the ingredients to a 5- or 6-quart slow cooker.
Turn the slow cooker on low and cook, covered, for 6 hours. If you're in a rush, you can cook them on high for 2-3 hours.
Serve with a slotted spoon to prevent too much liquid from pooling on the plate.
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