This recipe is all about the bacon. Any vegetable with the smoky saltiness of bacon and ham hocks is good, right? At least that’s how we think in the South…
You may be intimidated by ham hocks, but they are fairly essential to this green bean recipe and for collards. I usually buy a 4 back whenever I see them and keep them in the freezer until I can find a use for them. They make the stock much richer than just straight bacon can and you’ll find the dish a little flatter if you skip them. Our local Texas chain HEB always has them, Central Market has them occasionally, and I recently discovered them near the Jimmy Dean sausage section at Randall’s. So the power of the ham hock is getting noticed. Very promising.
Southern Green Beans with Bacon
1lb green beans, trimmed
2 ham hocks
2 cans chicken broth
4 pieces bacon, cooked ahead
1 onion, cut into large chunks
Cook in crock pot on high for 2.5-3 hours.