Braised Half-Runner Beans with Potatoes

Braised Half-Runner Beans with Potatoes cooks in the Instant Pot with tips on removing strings from the fresh snap beans.
Braised Half-Runner Beans with Potatoes

Braised Half-Runner Beans with Potatoes

By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

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Braised Half-Runner Beans with Potatoes is my recipe of the day for the blogging event Farmer’s Market Week. On Monday I posted a recipe for Blackberry Cornmeal Cobbler. With another recipes today and will be posting again on Friday. Along with a  few of my blogging friends. So stay  tuned!

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Braised Half-Runner Beans with Potatoes

Half-runner beans, or snap beans are fresh beans with need  the strings  pulled. You accomplish this but  cutting partway into  the bean on  the inner curve. Then pulling  the string down  the outside. Then around the  corner and back down the rest  of  the inside curve.

If  you don’t, your beans will be stricken with the vegetable version of dental  floss.

Of  course  you can chop off the ends  and use  a vegetable peeler. It will likely trim away more bean that you want. The only other option is to buy or grow stringless beans. But- the snap beans have a much better  flavor, in my opinion.

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Braised Half-Runner Beans with Potatoes

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Braised Half-Runner Beans with Potatoes

Braised Half-Runner Beans with Potatoes

Braised Half-Runners with Potatoes

Sue Lau, Palatable Pastime
5 from 9 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Depressurize 10 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Appalachian
Servings 4
Calories 148 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 Instant Pot or Electric Pressure Cooker

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound fresh half-runner green beans with strings
  • 2 tablespoons bacon grease
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 4 ounces diced ham
  • 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions
 

Trim half-runners:

  • Half-runners need strings removed. To do this effectively, follow the natural curvature of the bean. Cut into the bean on the inside curve at the top or stem end without cutting all the way through and pull the string down the outside edge without pulling it off.
  • Cut again on the bottom so you can pull the string around the corner and up the inside back to the top.
  • Done correctly, you should have a one-piece string connected from both sides. Discard the strings.

Cook beans:

  • Saute the onions in the bacon grease on the saute setting of the instant pot until softened then shut off.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and the lid, setting it locked and sealed.
  • Cook at pressure, on high, manual setting for 10 minutes.
  • Use the quick release, opening when all the steam has dissipated.

Notes

From the kitchen of palatablepastime.com

Nutrition

Calories: 148kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 8gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 824mgPotassium: 307mgFiber: 4gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 787IUVitamin C: 16mgCalcium: 55mgIron: 2mg
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