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Today after church we ran by Walmart, a habit we developed shortly after Alex was born because it always seemed like a good time to buy diapers.

Now that Alex is no longer wearing diapers we still feel compelled to make a post-church Walmart trip, and my only explanation is that perhaps we subconsciously think that the first Sunday we don’t run in and purchase a container of Softsoap or a 12 pack of diet Coke or some Hanes Her Way yoga pants, the entire Walton family will fall into financial ruin and I don’t know about you people but I can’t live with that kind of guilt.

I actually was armed with a list today because I’m taking supper to some friends of ours this week and needed to pick up all my ingredients. And somewhere along aisle four I realized that I have never shared my favorite green bean recipe with y’all, and oh my word how could I possibly have been so negligent?

I found this recipe in a Memphis cookbook called Heart and Soul. Whether you’re serving six or sixty, these green beans are delicious no matter how many times you double or triple the recipe.

The version you’ll see below will serve around 12 people, and while I use canned green beans because I am lazy, you could certainly use frozen or fresh with equally tasty results.

Green Beans Y’all Won’t Believe

1/2 lb. bacon, chopped into bite-size pieces and fried, reserving 3 Tbs. grease
6 cans whole green beans, drained (I actually use the Sam’s brand)
6 Tbs. sugar
6 Tbs. white vinegar
2 packages slivered almonds

Place drained green beans in a casserole dish.

While bacon is draining on paper towels, mix 3 Tbs. bacon grease with sugar and vinegar over medium heat until sugar dissolves and mixture is heated through.

Sprinkle bacon on top of green beans, then pour liquid mixture on top and garnish with slivered almonds.

Bake at 325 for 25-30 minutes.

And they’re even better the second day.

Also: that whole draining the bacon on paper towels step is pretty much irrelevant since you are in fact stirring bacon grease into a mixture of vinegar and sugar, but maybe it’ll make you feel better to think you’re escaping a few fat grams.

I like to serve these green beans with my very favorite pork tenderloin recipe – and that’s exactly what I’ll be taking our friends this week:

Asian Pork Tenderloin

from Southern Living:

1/3 cup lite soy sauce
1/4 cup sesame oil
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons lemon juice
4 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tablespoon dry mustard
1 1/2 teaspoons pepper
1 1/2 to 2 pounds pork tenderloin (I use Tyson tenderloins from Walmart – each package has two tenderloins and weighs about this amount)

Whisk together first 8 ingredients. Place pork in a shallow dish or Ziploc bag; add marinade, turning pork to coat. Cover and chill 8 hours (just FYI – I marinate meat for at least 24 hours in a gallon Ziploc bag).

Remove pork from marinade, discarding marinade. Place in a foil-lined roasting pan or foil-lined baking dish.

Bake at 425° for 40 minutes or until a meat thermometer registers 160°. Let pork stand 5 minutes before slicing.

And then, to finish out the meal, I make the easiest casserole in the free world and pick up some rolls.

The best thing is that I can make everything in the quantities that these recipes indicate and have plenty for our little family and plenty for our friends, too. I’ll take them one of the pork tenderloins, half of the green beans and half of the casserole, and everybody will have enough for at least two meals.

Bon appetit, y’all!

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  1. Either I am starting to feel better or these are just really good recipes. I am now suddenly hungry. Of course, all I had to eat today was a can of soup…

  2. I recently discovered pork tenderloin as a tasty alternative to beef or chicken…this recipe sounds great…and I just happen to have a tenderloin in my freezer. Perfect!! Thank for sharing.

  3. YUM!!! And i loveeeeeeeeeee Pork Tenderloin! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Give Him some praise! Thank you, BooMama. Green beans are one of my love languages.

  5. N/A, but it all sounds delish! :)

  6. Those green beans sound tasty! I’ve had them with bacon and I’ve had them with almonds but never both at the same time. I’m gonna have to give those a try!

    Thanks for the great recipe tips!!

  7. suzanne says:

    Ya know, you could put a little bacon grease and brown sugar on cardboard, and it might be tasty! How can green beans with those ingredients NOT BE GOOD? Thanks for sharing, and the Pork tenderloin looks delish, too! have a great Monday!

  8. I am going to have to try that recipe. Here is one I love!!!!
    Green Beans with Bacon
    Recipe courtesy Georgia Downard
    Show: Cooking Live
    Episode: Thanksgiving Alternatives
    1/8 pound slab bacon, diced
    1/2 onion, minced
    1 pound green beans, trimmed
    1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
    1/2 cup boiling water
    1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
    1 1/2 tablespoons white vinegar
    Freshly ground pepper

    In a large deep skillet, cook the bacon over moderate heat, stirring, until golden. Transfer the bacon with a slotted spoon to a plate. Add the onion to the skillet and cook, stirring, until softened. Add the beans, pepper flakes, and salt and saute over moderately high heat, stirring, for 2 minutes.

    Add the boiling water and cover the skillet immediately. Steam the beans, shaking the skillet occasionally, for 15 minutes, or until just tender. Add the butter, vinegar, and salt and pepper and toss until combined. Sprinkle with the bacon.

    I hope you enjoy!

  9. Everything sounds delishes! I use the same mixture as the beans on leaf lettuce and we call it wilted lettuce. Yummo!

  10. My Mom makes those green beans. They are amazing. Bacon is surely one of God’s greatest blessings.

  11. Sound’s great! I’ll have to give it a try!

  12. Now see, I just turned a new leaf today and decided to actually try and lose the rest of the baby weight. My goal is to do it before she starts walking, and darn it but this entire post is making me drool.



  13. I will definitely try those green beans. Have you ever tried the green bean recipe with soy sauce and sesame seeds? Very, very, tasty! Have a great day!

  14. Yummy! I want a Walmart ritual like that!! Cant wait and those do sound good

  15. I’ve never heard of that one (green beans) but HELLO! It has bacon fat in it…it MUST be good! Both recipes will be on my list for dinner this week. Thanks!

  16. Boomama:
    As a proud resident of the home of Wal-Mart (Bentonville, AR) – we thank you for your dedicated business!
    P.S. I’m always looking for a new way to cook green beans – and that hits the spot!Thanks!

  17. Three great recipes! Thanks, Boo Mama, especially for the pork recipe. I can’t wait to make that one. (I’ve been making green beans with bacon forever but yours sound better.)

  18. OK, there’s one of our meals for this week!! Thanks so much…I love recipes!

  19. Have you ever tried it withOUT the almonds?? My oldest is allergic to tree nuts. I wonder if it would make much of a difference. We are big on pig parts and bacon grease here so I guess I could try it without. Thanks for sharing the recipes! I am always looking for new stuff to make!

  20. Tammy H says:

    We are having this for dinner tonight! :) We are having the pork and the rice (minus the shrimp). As I was buying some of the ingredients at our local 280 Target, I thought wouldn’t it be neat to run into BooMama. I then thought – How would I recognize her…….. Blonde hair with dark roots (By the way, did you ever get that taken care of?!), swollen pollen filled eyes, and sassy orange shoes! I looked, but no one fit the description. Most looked like me – ponytail, workout clothes, fussy children! :) I’ll let you know the verdict tomorrow – but it smells yummy!

  21. My husband and I laughed at your Walton family comment. He works at the Wal-Mart home office and starts his day off with the Wal-Mart cheer. Gimme a W-A-L squiggly(this is where they shake their booty)M-A-R-T What does that spell Wal-Mart Whose number 1 the customer always!!! It is way too funny. I laugh everytime I hear it.

    I can’t wait to try your green beans.

  22. okay, I’m laughing my butt the beginning of your post you say “Green BeaR” recipe…I paused for a moment to consider what in the sam hill a green bear could possibly be until i continued on to the BEAN part…Just goes to show you should always read all the way through before you rest on confusion!!

    Love the recipes!

  23. any recipe that uses “grease” as an ingredient and not as a verb is going to be a hit in my house. thanks!!

  24. Tammy H says:

    Yummy! Your meal was a hit last night! Now I have a treat for you……….. go to Hurry! You won’t be sorry. The pictures are as good as the receipe.

  25. Tammy H says:

    OOps – I left out a letter –

  26. So I made the casserole last night…it was AWESOME! So easy and yummy. Thanks for sharing it.