Karl’s Louisiana Green Beans

February 13th was Fat Tuesday and wife Jan asked for Louisiana food for dinner. I had decided on red beans and rice as my main dish. Since that dish is mainly meat and starch, I thought that I wanted a vegetable side dish.

Karl’s Louisiana Green Beans

Karl’s Louisiana Green Beans

Many “Southern/ Louisiana” vegetable dishes include bacon. Wife Jan does not like bacon—a bad experience as a child. She will however eat smoked ham, a suitable substitute.

Karl’s Louisiana Green Beans


1 lb. green beans

2 Tbs. butter
½ cup yellow onion, diced
Pinch Kosher salt

2 Tbs. apple wood smoked ham, shredded
1 clove garlic, minced
½ tsp. thyme
¼ tsp. black pepper


1. Trim the green beans into 1½ inch pieces and steam them until tender crisp, about 4-5 minutes.

Tip: Run cold water over them to keep them from overcooking.

2. Melt the butter in a sauté pan, over a medium high heat.

3. Sauté the onions with the salt until they are just starting to pick up some color, about 5-6 minutes.

4. Add the ham, garlic, and spices to the pan and continue to until the meat is heated through, another 2-3 minutes.

5. Add the green beans to the meat and onions.

6. Toss to coat the beans and continue cooking until they are heated through, 2-3 more minutes.

7. Transfer to a serving bowl and garnish the beans with the shredded ham.

8. Serve warm.

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One response to “Karl’s Louisiana Green Beans

  1. Pingback: Karl’s Red Beans and Rice | Jabberwocky Stew

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