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.