Amy's Po' Man Green Beans and Sausage Dish Recipe -
Amy's Po' Man Green Beans and Sausage Dish Recipe
  • READY IN 6+ hrs

Amy's Po' Man Green Beans and Sausage Dish

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"This is a very simple recipe that tastes great. Put your beans on in early morning and let them cook all day. Handed down by my Grandma who came from a pretty poor family. Goes great with cornbread."

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  1. Place the green beans in a large saucepan with a lid or a slow cooker. Pour water over the beans to cover; stir in salt. Bring to a boil over medium heat, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until the beans are very tender, 3 to 4 hours; add water throughout the cooking time as needed to keep moist.
  2. Add the smoked sausage and potatoes; cover and simmer until the potatoes are very tender and the beans and potatoes have absorbed the smoky flavor of the sausage, about 2 more hours.
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  • PREP 20 mins
  • COOK 6 hrs
  • READY IN 6 hrs 20 mins

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 12, 2011

I grew up on this recipe. Love it! We cook ours in a crock pot on low. The idea is to get the sausage flavor into the green beans and the potatoes. The extra time allows the potatoes to cook until they are soft. I use canned green beans instead, and just use the water that is in the can do keep everything from drying up. Onions are a great addition and cornbread is a must on the side.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 21, 2009

Green beans turned into mush with the long cooking time--a waste of perfectly good fresh beans.

Mar 08, 2010

Wasn't sure how to rate because I make this (with an onion added) in my pressure cooker. About 15 minutes once the pressure cooker is singing. I have even used canned green beans on a busy evening and tried different kinds of sausages. One of my husbands favorites!

Jan 07, 2010

Sounded delicious and southern, minus the extremely long cooking time. I initially simmered the green beans for only 45 minutes (adding 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes to the water), then added the smoked sausage and potatoes and simmered another 45 minutes. Green beans were cooked, the potatoes were overcooked. I can't imagine cooking this for 6 hours!! However, the smoked sausage flavor didn't transfer to the beans and potatoes, husband complained that the smoked sausage was "mushy", and even with the addition of red pepper flakes it didn't have much flavor. Disappointed since I love southern cooking. Maybe the addition of a little bacon grease to the water would help the flavor?

Aug 06, 2012

This is one of my DH and DS favorite meals. I made it on the stovetop rather than the crock-pot because of time restraints. I did add an onion to the mix.

May 16, 2011

I wasn't expecting much from this recipes as it was fairly simple. The only thing I added was onion because my family likes it. I will say the first day I made it, no one ate any because it was pretty bland. I reheated it in the oven the next night and invited company over hoping to get rid of it. It was much much better the next day. I'm not sure that it's something I will just want to make again; but if I do, it will definitely be made ahead and used after sitting to absorb all the flavor. The company really liked it. I would like to say that we ate this as a side dish and not a mai course.

Apr 12, 2012

I grew up on a dish similar to this only we used smoked pork shoulders or cuts like that. Bacon fat was thrown in for good measure.A dish always full of flavor and very often used as Sunday dinner.

Dec 03, 2013

This recipe has the right idea, but I agree with many other reviewers when they say the cooking time is way too long. I make this dish nearly the same on the stove in a large pot. I start with bacon though and cook that with some chopped onion. When it is mostly cooked I add the rest, beans,potatoes,a splash of water and meat in the bacon grease(if the grease is excessive I will spoon a little out). I cook it with the lid on for only enough time to make the potatoes tender. Usually my beans are perfect too and the bacon and sausage always adds flavor. Great cheap, quick easy meal when done right! (you should not need to add salt because the bacon and sausage usually has enough!) Thanks to A. Smith for reminding me of this yummy affordable meal for my family!!


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  • Calories
  • 420 kcal
  • 21%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 46.3 g
  • 15%
  • Cholesterol
  • 39 mg
  • 13%
  • Fat
  • 18.5 g
  • 28%
  • Fiber
  • 7.9 g
  • 32%
  • Protein
  • 18.8 g
  • 38%
  • Sodium
  • 1156 mg
  • 46%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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