Mom's Wax Beans With Buttered Bread Crumbs

When I was a kid I loved when my Mom made her recipe for wax beans with buttered bread crumbs. She often served them with pork. As I got older, I even remember begging her to make bigger batches. My Mom made these with canned wax beans which is actually more readily available than frozen or fresh. However, our friends planted their garden early this year and got lucky with no frost, so last week I was the beneficiary of several large handfuls of wax beans. I knew exactly what I was going to do with them.

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Mom's Wax Beans With Buttered Bread Crumbs
4 Cups of whole fresh wax beans, or 2 (15) oz. cans drained (if using canned beans skip step 1 & 2)
1/4 cup of butter
1/2 cup of white bread crumbs

1) Wash and trim wax beans into thirds (or one inch pieces). 

2) Steam the beans for 15 to 18 minutes using an electric steamer or double boiler.

3) Melt 1/4 cup of butter in a frying pan over medium heat.

4) Add wax beans and toss to coat in butter.

5) Add 1/2 cup of white bread crumbs and continue to cook until bread crumbs are toasted (about another 10 to 15 minutes).  Salt to taste.

6) Mom's wax beans with buttered bread crumbs go really well with spicy pork loin chops.


  1. Just another quick note to say the wax beans were not my idea.
    It is another one from dad. He credits Auntie Tiny with this one.
    I guess that means it belongs in the family recipe catergory.

    Love you,


  2. Gee Mom,

    Thanks for fessing up, and I'm glad to know the history. I guess your note gives the appropriate credit, but from my point of view you were the one who made these for me.

    Love you too!



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