Dad’s Bread Beans Recipe

When I was little my Dad would often make “bread beans”. They weren’t anything fancy, just bread and beans, but when Dad made them they were special. I keep getting a craving for them so I tried making my own version. Pretty close to Dad’s and quite tasty. The kids loved them so I think we’ll be eating them like this more often. It’s also a really delicious way to stretch out a can of green beans! I could eat a whole bowl of bread beans for supper and be happy!

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Dad’s Bread Beans Recipe
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Canned green beans and mushrooms are sauteed in olive oil with bits of whole wheat bread.
Recipe type: Vegetable
Serves: 4
  • 2 slices day old whole wheat bread, diced
  • 1 4oz can Mushrooms, drained
  • 1 14.5 oz can cut green beans, drained
  • 2 Tbs. real butter
  • 1 Tbs olive oil, optional
  • salt & pepper to taste
  1. Melt butter in large stainless skillet over med-high heat until bubbly.
  2. Add in bread cubes and cook, stirring, until browned.
  3. Add in mushrooms and green beans.
  4. Cook stirring until all is heated through, keep scraping bits from bottom. If they seem to dry out a bit then drizzle the TBS of olive oil over and heat.
  5. Salt & pepper to taste and serve hot.

If you want the bread to stay crunchy then remove it from pan before cooking the mushrooms and beans. Add it back in right before serving, it's good both ways.
Put the beans and mushrooms into a strainer while cooking the bread to get as much water out as possible.
I'm thinking this would also taste good with some fresh rosemary or thyme added in. Maybe even a splash of soy or worcestershire sauce!
I'm going to experiment with different mushrooms and breads, endless possibilities! Tell me what you did differently if you try this recipe!

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  1. 1

    I am going to try this! I love those special meals that my parents made, the ones that stand out in my memories.

  2. 2
    crochet lady says

    Sounds good. I never thought of putting bread with beans. Love both of those foods so together they should be good. Thanks for sharing the recipe and the memory.

  3. 3

    That sounds good, and better for you than the bacon I add when I make beans and mushrooms.

  4. 4
    Henrietta says

    Oh Yum! I'll have to make them with bacon now!

  5. 5

    I can definitely see how this would be tasty. During the holidays I always push my green beans over into the stuffing and eat them together. My parents always use to think I was weird for doing that and now I'm just glad to see I'm not alone.

  6. 6

    That looks yummy :)

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