Not-so-depressing Dish

Earlier this week I mentioned that green beans — the fresh-from-the-garden kind, of course — are best served with just salt, pepper and butter. But there’s one other bean treatment for which I’ll make an exception.

In the Rickers abode during my growing-up years, DotMom always referred to it as Depression Dish, perhaps harkening back to an era when people stretched a small bit of meat, bacon in this case, to feed a lot of people.

Depression Dish

 In a large skillet, cook 4 strips bacon, cut into dice, for 5 minutes or so, until browned. Drain off part of the bacon drippings.

Stir in 4 cups fresh green beans, trimmed and halved, 1 cup water, ¼ teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Simmer 2 to 3 minutes. Add 1 cup diced potatoes and ¾ cup sliced green onions. Stir well.

Simmer about 15 minutes, until potatoes are tender.