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Green Beans and Potatoes

  • Author: cooks with soul
  • Total Time: 2 hours 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x
  • Category: sides
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: soul food, southern


Fresh green beans and red potatoes are simmered in a rich and flavorful broth with smoked turkey, onion, garlic, and seasonings. It’s a classic southern soul food recipe that’s perfect for Sunday suppers and festive holidays.


  • 4 quarts water
  • 1 smoked turkey drumstick
  • 1 1/2 pounds green beans, trimmed and halved crosswise
  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 teaspoons chicken base (or 2 tablespoons bouillon powder)
  • 1 pound small red potatoes, quartered
  • seasoning salt, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. In a large stockpot, combine 4 quarts of water and the smoked turkey drumstick.
  2. Place the pot over high heat and bring it to a boil.
  3. Once boiling, cover the pot and reduce the heat to maintain a gentle boil.
  4. Allow this to cook for about 1 to 2 hours. This step helps the smoked meat cook and infuse the broth with flavor.
  5. After the 1-hour mark, add more water if needed, just enough to cover the drumstick.
  6. Add the chopped onion, minced garlic, and chicken base (or bouillon). Taste and adjust with seasoned salt, if needed.
  7. Now, add the green beans and potatoes.
  8. Reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and let it simmer for 45 minutes, or until vegetables are tender. Check them about halfway through to be careful not to overcook them.
  9. Turn off the stove and carefully remove the turkey leg from the pot.
  10. Using two forks or your fingers (if it has cooled slightly), remove the skin and start pulling the meat apart. This will create small shreds of meat.
  11. Add the shredded meat back to the broth, giving it a good stir. Discard the skin and bones.
  12. Use a slotted spoon to ladle green beans and potatoes onto your plate or bowl. Be sure to scoop up some of the delicious turkey and broth.
  13. Season with ground black pepper, then serve and enjoy!


This recipe is adapted from Kevin Bludso’s “String Beans with Red Potatoes and Smoked Turkey Necks” in Bludso’s BBQ cookbook

Keywords: green beans and potatoes, smoked turkey leg