My grandma has been gone for many years. I still miss her even after more than 2 decades. There is one dish that never fails to remind me of her and that is her Green Bean Soup recipe. I made it tonight and couldn’t help mentioning to my family once again that it was Grandma’s recipe. My grandma was known for being frugal and saving everything. If there were 3 kernels of corn left at dinner time, they got put in an empty margarine container and saved in the fridge or frozen along with the other leftovers. She could whip up a meal at any time with all the little bits and pieces she had saved. We teased her, but we always ate well. She could have a whole family show up unexpectedly for dinner and she would make it work with what she had on hand. She and her sister were raised by their mother and they struggled through the Depression era. She learned as a teen that you just don’t waste food – it’s too precious. Here is how I make the soup. There is no real recipe – just delicious ingredients thrown together. The magic happens at the end when you add the heavy whipping cream. It’s not diet food…just delicious, real food.
- 1 ham hock
- 2 cups green beans, cut into bite sized lengths
- 2 cups potatoes, peeled and chopped
- 1/2 small onion
- Hickory smoked salt (or Bacon Salt)
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- Add ham hock to a pot of water. Bring to a boil. I let this cook for awhile to infuse the flavors from the ham hock into the water. Add potatoes, onion, green beans, and smoked salt. Simmer until tender. I usually start with a teaspoon of smoked salt and then add more to taste. I like to slightly under-season until the cream is added. Then the flavors will really come together and you can add more salt if needed. Add cream at the very end. Enjoy!