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Soul Food Green Beans

FRESH GREEN BEANS FULL OF FLAVOR AND SOUL! SIMMERED IN SMOKEY BROTH WITH LOTS OF GARLIC, ONIONS, AND RED PEPPER!
Course Side Dish, Vegetable
Cuisine American, southern
Keyword chicken broth, fresh green beans, how to make, smoked turkey leg, soul food
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 6 servings
Author Divas Can Cook

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs fresh green beans washed
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup white onions diced
  • 2 tablespoons garlic minced
  • 2-4 cups chicken broth I use 3 1/3
  • 1-2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 smoked turkey leg fully cooked
  • salt & black pepper if needed.

Instructions

  • Snap the ends off the green beans and then snap the beans in half. (discard the ends) Set aside.
  • In a large deep skillet or pot, melt butter over medium heat.
  • Saute onions until tender.
  • Add garlic and saute until fragrant and golden.
  • Add chicken broth, red pepper flakes, and turkey leg.
  • Simmer covered for about 15-20 minutes.
  • Remove turkey leg, let cool and dice into small pieces. (set aside)
  • Add the green beans into the pot.
  • Return the bone and skin to the pot.
  • Cover and simmer for 2 hours (or longer) or until green beans are tender. (slow and low is the BEST way to cook them)
  • When green beans are done, taste the broth and add salt and black pepper if needed.
  • Stir in the chopped turkey leg.
  • Serve hot.

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