A not-so-depressing dish

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I went to Tuesday afternoon’s Farmers Market and marveled at the array of produce that has suddenly become available. A couple of weeks ago, the options were quite limited, but now it seems that everything in the garden is ready to be harvested. There was sweet corn, kohlrabi, tomatoes, onions, carrots, raspberries, zucchini, broccoli — even fresh-from-the-bakery loaves of bread.

But I was on a mission to find the ingredients for one of my favorite dishes — what DotMom always called Depression Dish.

From here on out, I will just call it DD — which could stand for Delicious Dish, or Devoured Dish, or whatever other D word that would be suitable — because it is far from depressing. The only reason it would cause me any depression is because the availability of the ingredients means that summer days are now waning — definitely a reason for me to feel blue as summer is my favorite season.

But I believe the “Depression” in the title refers to its popularity during the 1930s Depression era, when people stretched their food resources, especially spendy items such as meat — in this case bacon — with foods from their expansive gardens.

But the key ingredient in DD is green beans — fresh-from-the-garden green beans. And I found those in abundance Tuesday. It also requires potatoes, and the “new” potatoes that vendors were selling are just the ticket, along with some freshly dug onions.

Here’s the DD recipe as it appears in DotMom’s “Mixing & Musing Cookbook.” She chose to title it “Old Fashioned Green Beans and Potatoes,” but I think it deserves a brand new name.

Definitely Delicious Green Beans and Potatoes

4 strips bacon, diced

4 cups fresh green beans, trimmed and halved

1 cup water

¼ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon pepper

1 cup diced potatoes

¾ cup sliced green onions

In large skillet, cook diced bacon for 5 minutes or so. Drain off part of the bacon drippings. Stir in green beans, water, salt and pepper. Simmer 2 or 3 minutes. Add potatoes and onions. Stir well. Simmer about 15 minutes.

Serve as either a main dish or side dish.



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