Some old-fashioned green bean recipes include slow-cooked, country-style green beans, green bean casserole, and green bean salad. To make slow-cooked, country-style green beans, simmer 1 1/2 pounds of fresh green beans for two hours along with 1 ham hock and 1 cup of yellow onions sauteed in vegetable oil until soft. Add 3/4 teaspoon of salt, 1/4 teaspoon each of black pepper and cayenne pepper, and 1 tablespoon of chopped garlic to the simmering water for seasoning.
A basic recipe for green bean casserole is to mix 2 14 1/2-ounce cans of drained green beans with 1 10 3/4 -ounce can of cream of mushroom soup and 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese. Spread the mixture in a casserole dish and top it with 6 ounces of fried French onions. Bake the casserole in an oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 25 minutes. Variations include sprinkling with more cheese, varying the type of cheese used, and using a homemade white sauce instead of cream of mushroom soup.
To make a green bean salad, steam 1/2 pound of fresh green beans for four minutes. Dress the beans with a vinaigrette, and add toasted walnuts or almonds for garnish. Serve at room temperature.