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Recipe by: Lisa Prince

Maw Maw’s Green Beans (Brian’s grandmother)

Now I know how to make canned green beans taste homemade. This is how our grandmother used to cook her green beans too so I am glad Brian’s Maw Maw shared the secret.

Servings: 2
Cook Time: Prep Time: 5 minutes; Total Time: 25 minutes
Meal Type: Side Dish
NC Ingredients: Fatback

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(15 oz.) can of green beans – kitchen cut or whole
½ -2 teaspoons Sugar
Tablespoon butter
strips of fatback (optional)
Black Pepper


In a medium-size pot, add un-drained green beans, sugar, butter, fatback and black pepper.

Do not add salt to the beans because salt is already in the can.

Cook on high heat until not much liquid is left in the pot, approximately 15-20 minutes.

Remember to watch the liquid so you don’t burn the beans.


Recipes found on this page are from Got to Be NC members, staff, industry partners and Stove Side Chats. Stove Side Chats is Got to Be NC’s cooking show hosted by restaurant marketing specialist Chad Blackwelder. This series invites chefs and home cooks from around the state to teach you how to cook with in-season North Carolina deliciousness.