Wash beans well, with at least three changes of water;
Snip off ends and discolored patches;
Lay five to ten beans on your cutting board, hold as a bunch and cut off
½-inch (1½cm) pieces;
Put cut beans in a pan, cover with water, bring to a boil, and cook for
Meanwhile, prepare bacon or cut ham in ½-inch (1½ cm)
Drain water from beans after 25 minues of cooking;
Mix beans with ham or bacon.
Meal Preparation Schedule
For three or four
3 Lb (1½ Kg) Italian beans
15 strips of bacon or 5 slices of ham
Prepare bacon or cut ham;
Wash beans, snip off ends, cut (this may take 30-45 minutes);
Put beans in pan, cover with water, bring to a boil, lower heat and cook for
Peel potatoes, cut, wash, put in pan with about 1 inch of water,
bring to a boil, lower heat, cook for 17 minutes;
Start baking eggs at 12 minutes before beans and potatoes are ready;
When ready, drain potatoes, put back on medium-low-heat burner for
When ready, drain beans, and mix with bacon or ham.
(I usually drain the boiling water into the bacon skillet, to
start the cleaning)
One of my sisters tells me our mother used to mix Italian beans with
mashed potatoes. I didn't remember and it didn't sound nice,
but when I tried it turned out to be good and now I often prepare it that
way. A stamppot2
as we say in Dutch.
The flattish 'Kentucky Wonder' bean looks somewhat similar to
the Italian bean, but should be prepared like French beans. 25 Minutes
of cooking makes them rather mushy.