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Green Beans and Potatoes Recipe, an Updated Classic

Green Beans and Pota­toes is an easy, deli­cious, com­fort food side dish (or main) done in around 30 minutes!

Green Beans and Potaotes in a white serving bowl on table with stack of plates and a blue print cloth napkin
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What could be bet­ter than pieces of crispy bacon, toast­ed onions, roast­ed baby red pota­toes and fresh gar­den green beans? Maybe just toss­ing them togeth­er in a sim­ple herb but­ter and roast­ing them into one beau­ti­ful­ly scrump­tious and fla­vor­ful dish!

Green Beans and Pota­toes is a South­ern green beans side dish, typ­i­cal­ly pre­pared on the stove top. And most of the recipes take 45 min­utes to 1 hour to prepare. 

I pre­fer the no-fuss roast­ing method for veg­eta­bles. It’s the time-sav­ing and fla­vor max­i­miz­ing spin that takes my green beans and pota­toes over the top! You guys! These are SO delicious!

Roast­ed green beans and pota­toes are as wel­come at hol­i­day and com­pa­ny din­ners as they are for Sun­day supper. 

Green Beans and Potatoes Ingredients on a broiler pan baby red potatoes, fresh green beans, chopped onion, diced bacon.

The Ingredients

  • Baby Red Potatoes
  • Fresh Green Beans
  • White Onion
  • Bacon, thick cut
  • But­ter, melted
  • Home­made All Pur­pose Sea­son­ing (or your favorite store brand)
  • Gar­lic Pow­der (Minced gar­lic is more like­ly to burn for the length of time this will be in the oven.)
  • salt and pep­per, to taste

Why Roast the Green Beans and Potatoes Instead of Boiling?

There are three rea­sons I usu­al­ly opt for roast­ed, rather than boiled, veg­eta­bles. It’s best for green beans and pota­toes, as well as for my Air Fry­er Green Beans with Gar­lic But­ter Sauce.

Green Beans and Potatoes in a white serving bowl on table with stack of plates and a blue print cloth napkin
  1. Tex­ture — Roast­ed veg­eta­bles have a firmer tex­ture, that if timed prop­er­ly, is nev­er mushy.
  2. Col­or — Roast­ed veg­eta­bles retain their beau­ti­ful bright col­or instead of releas­ing it into cook­ing water. This is espe­cial­ly impor­tant for green beans. We eat with our eyes first. Right? Beau­ti­ful dish­es are sim­ply more appealing. 
  3. Fla­vor — As roast­ed veg­gies release their liq­uid, it evap­o­rates and the nat­ur­al sug­ars in the veg­eta­bles become more con­cen­trat­ed and caramelized. Fla­vor! Fla­vor! Fla­vor! My pota­toes and green beans recipe is loaded with it!

Why Bacon?

Can I omit the bacon?

Sure. The bacon is added for fla­vor and tex­ture. But if you would rather leave it out, you can.

You may want an extra Table­spoons of but­ter to replace the fat the bacon would have added to the dish. And you might add 1/2 tea­spoon of liq­uid smoke for that added smoky flavor.

fried bacon on a white background

You know I always want you to take my recipes as a start­ing place and make them your own. Use the ingre­di­ents you have on hand and that your fam­i­ly loves.

But, by the same token, if you change the recipe, please rec­og­nize that it prob­a­bly will not taste or look the same as the one I pre­pared for you, here, today. 

It’s no longer my recipe, but yours. And that’s not a bad thing. It means your knowl­edge and con­fi­dence in the kitchen are growing! 

Can I Make This Vegan?

Can I make green beans and pota­toes com­plete­ly veg­an?

Sure. Replace the melt­ed but­ter with avo­ca­do oil. Leave out the bacon and use 1/2 tea­spoon of liq­uid smoke to replace the smoky fla­vor. You could add pepi­tas or sliced almonds for some tex­tur­al crunch.

Green Beans and Potatoes in a white serving bowl on table with stack of plates and a blue print cloth napkin

Can I Use Different Potatoes?

Yes. You can use any thin skinned pota­toes you like. And they don’t have to be baby pota­toes. You could cut down reg­u­lar size Yukon Gold pota­toes, red pota­toes or even Rus­set pota­toes (I might peel Rus­sets, first.)

What About Canned Green Beans?

You could try it. Canned green beans have been cooked under intense pres­sure and heat, though, dur­ing the can­ning process. They will quick­ly cook through and become mushy, even break­ing into pieces if you cook them with the oth­er ingredients.

If you want to use canned green beans, drain them and add them in the last 10 min­utes of cook­ing, just so they heat through.

Unfor­tu­nate­ly, that won’t give them much time to absorb the fla­vor from the onions or the lus­cious but­ter sauce, but it will keep them from falling apart for you. 

Oven or Air Fryer?

I have made this recipe in both the oven and in the air fryer. 

In the oven, I dou­bled the recipe and used a bak­ing sheet. The pota­toes and green beans were ful­ly cooked and ten­der in about 35 minutes. 

Breville Joule Smart Oven with Air Fry option

I used the broiler/roasting pan that came with my Bre­ville Joule Oven Air Fry­er Pro.[affil­i­ate link] That took me about 25 min­utes to cook.

I think the delec­table fla­vor comes out the same with either method. 

Though, the air fry­er pota­toes and green beans did seem slight­ly moister. The air fry­er is a lit­tle bit quick­er, too, but not by much. And, the air fry­er seems to retain more of the veg­etable’s bright color. 

The amount of time it takes to cook the Green Beans and Pota­toes will be depen­dent on the size and mod­el of your air fry­er or oven and the size you cut the pota­toes to.

This is not a sin­gle lay­er dish. The ingre­di­ents will usu­al­ly not fit in a sin­gle lay­er in the pan. That’s fine. 

We’re not going for crispy roast­ed, just roast­ed with lots of fla­vor. Stir half way through the cook­ing time to con­tin­ue to dis­trib­ute the sauce over the veggies.

Green Beans and Potatoes in a white serving bowl on table with stack of plates and a blue print cloth napkin

What to Serve It With

This deli­cious green beans and pota­toes side dish will be the per­fect com­ple­ment to dozens of your favorite mains. 

Try it with this crispy deli­cious Air Fry­er Cod from Lau­ra at Lit­tle House Big Alaska.

Or put it along­side my famous 3‑Ingredient Slow Cook­er Ham!

best slow cooker ham

It will nev­er miss served along­side these fan­tas­tic entrees. I hope you get a chance to try them all!

How to Make Green Beans and Potatoes

  1. Pre­heat air fry­er or oven to 400° F.
  2. Use broil­er pan or rimmed sheet bak­ing sheet to pre­pare and roast the dish.
  3. Cut baby red pota­toes into equal size pieces (about 1″).  Halve aver­age size ones and quar­ter larg­er ones.  You just want them all to be able to cook at the same rate.
  4. Dice the onion into 1/2″ chunks.
  5. Cut green beans into 2″ lengths, (rough­ly thirds).
  6. Cut the bacon into 1/2″ chunks.
  7. Mix melt­ed but­ter with All Pur­pose Sea­son­ing and Gar­lic Powder.
  8. Add the green beans, pota­toes and onions to a bak­ing sheet or broil­er pan.
  9. Pour melt­ed but­ter mix­ture over the green beans, pota­toes and onions and toss to coat every­thing evenly.
  10. Sprin­kle the cut bacon over the top of the vegetables.
  11. Roast in the air fry­er oven for 20–25 min­utes or con­ven­tion­al oven for 35 min­utes.  Stir the dish half way through cook­ing if the ingre­di­ents haven’t fit in your pan in a sin­gle lay­er.  Pota­toes will be fork ten­der when done.  Stick a fork into one and it should eas­i­ly slide all the way through. Salt and pep­per, to taste.
  12. Serve as a side or as the main dish.
Green Beans and Potatoes in a white serving bowl on table with stack of plates and a blue print cloth napkin

I hope you’ll get a chance to make these scrump­tious south­ern Green Beans and Pota­toes, soon! If you do, and love them as much as we do, please con­sid­er leav­ing a 5 star rat­ing in a com­ment on this post. Your 5 star com­ment helps oth­er find our Green Bean recipe when they’re look­ing for one on Google. Thanks so much!

The Recipe

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Green Beans and Potaotes in a white serving bowl on table with stack of plates and a blue print cloth napkin

Green Beans and Potatoes Recipe


  • Author: Glen­da Embree
  • Total Time: 35 min­utes
  • Yield: 68 serv­ings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

A clas­sic South­ern green beans side dish with an EASY mod­ern twist.  Instead of boil­ing on the stove top, my Green Beans and Pota­toes are roast­ed in either the air fry­er or con­ven­tion­al oven, for vibrant col­or, per­fect tex­ture and out of this world fla­vor.  Com­pa­ny wor­thy side dish! And, they’ll be as wel­come on your hol­i­day table as they are at Sun­day dinner.


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 1 (1.5 pound) bag baby red pota­toes (or new pota­toes, or your favorite variety)
  • 1 pound fresh green beans, trimmed and cut into 2″ pieces
  • 1 medi­um white onion
  • 4-6 strips thick cut bacon, cut into 1/2″ chunks
  • 1/4 cup but­ter, melted
  • 2 tea­spoons home­made All Pur­pose Sea­son­ing (or your store brand)
  • 1 tea­spoon gar­lic pow­der (Minced gar­lic is more like­ly to burn for the length of time this will be in the oven.)
  • salt and pep­per, to taste

Instructions

  1. Pre­heat air fry­er or oven to 400° F.
  2. Use broil­er pan or rimmed sheet bak­ing sheet to pre­pare and roast the dish.
  3. Cut baby red pota­toes into equal size pieces (about 1″).  Halve aver­age size ones and quar­ter larg­er ones.  You just want them all to be able to cook at the same rate.
  4. Dice the onion into 1/2″ chunks.
  5. Cut green beans into 2″ lengths, (rough­ly thirds).
  6. Cut the bacon into 1/2″ chunks.
  7. Mix melt­ed but­ter with All Pur­pose Sea­son­ing and Gar­lic Powder.
  8. Add the green beans, pota­toes and onions to a bak­ing sheet or broil­er pan.
  9. Pour melt­ed but­ter mix­ture over the green beans, pota­toes and onions and toss to coat every­thing evenly.
  10. Sprin­kle the cut bacon over the top of the vegetables.
  11. Roast in the air fry­er oven for 20–25 min­utes or con­ven­tion­al oven for 35 min­utes.  Stir the dish half way through cook­ing if the ingre­di­ents haven’t fit in your pan in a sin­gle lay­er.  Pota­toes will be fork ten­der when done.  Stick a fork into one and it should eas­i­ly slide all the way through.
  12. Serve as a side or as the main dish.

Notes

I love minced gar­lic in almost every­thing.  But, when a recipe is going to be bak­ing at high tem­per­a­tures, like this one it is more like­ly to burn and get bit­ter.  That’s why I chose gar­lic pow­der for this recipe.

If using canned green beans, drain them and add in the last 10 min­utes of cook­ing, so they don’t get mushy and break apart.

  • Prep Time: 10 min­utes
  • Cook Time: 25
  • Cat­e­go­ry: Side Dish, Vegetable
  • Method: Air Fry­er or Oven
  • Cui­sine: Amer­i­can

More Easy Side Dishes

  • House Sal­ad, a per­fect green sal­ad that toss­es togeth­er in minutes!

16 thoughts on “Green Beans and Potatoes Recipe, an Updated Classic”

  1. Great recipe for the air-fry­er. I nev­er thought of roast­ing the pota­toes for this clas­sic dish, but it came out so good! Thanks for the recipe, my fam­i­ly loved it.

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  2. What a deli­cious, easy, ver­sa­tile side! The bacon real­ly put these over the top for me. Thanks so much for a deli­cious recipe.

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