Smothered Snap Beans with New Potatoes

1 pound fresh snap or green beans
5 slices bacon, halved
2 medium onions, chopped fine
4 new potatoes
Salt to taste
2 teaspoons ground black pepper
4 cups water

Snap off the ends of the beans and wash them well.  Place a Dutch oven or other large heavy pot over medium heat, add the bacon, and cook it slowly, until it is slightly browned but still soft.  Add the beans, onions, potatoes, salt, pepper, and water.  Stir well and bring to a simmer.  Reduce heat, cover, and cook slowly, stirring occasionally, until the beans are very tender, about 1 hour.  Add additional water if necessary to keep the mixture from drying out.  Uncover the pot and mash the potatoes well.  Raise the heat to medium-high and stir constantly until all the water has evaporated.

It doesn’t look too pretty, but it sure tastes good!

Serves 6-8.