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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

String beans and potatoes

I learned how to make this from my very Italian neighbor growing up--she was like my little Italian grandma!

1/2 lb fresh string beans (cleaned)
6 slices of bacon
3 medium sized potatoes
salt/pepper to taste
2tbsp Italian seasoning
1/2 large can crushed tomatoes (save the other half to make vodka sauce another day-YUMEEE) OR one small can of petite diced tomatoes
1/4 julienned onion
2 tbsp olive oil

In a pot cook potatoes, cut into 1/2 inch slices or quartered in lightly salted water --cook to slightly undercooked so they don't fall apart

put the bacon slices on top of each other and cut into 1/2 inch chunks

brown the bacon in a Deep pan or gravy pot until tender crisp then remove from pan

add 1 tbsp olive oil-string beans and onion and saute with 1 tbsp Italian seasoning and sprinkle of salt and pepper

Add bacon back to pot

Add crushed tomatoes (the mix should not be completely drenched in sauce so add a little bit at a time to your desired amount.)

Add remaining salt pepper and Italian seasoning, fold it into the beans and onions

Fold potatoes when tender crisp

Simmer for 30 mins. Add more seasoning to taste.




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