If using onion, fry in the bacon drippings in skillet.
Add green beans to the skillet. Add seasonings and enough water to almost cover green beans. Bring to a rolling boil then turn heat down to simmer for 8-10 minutes or until doneness you desire. Remove lid at the end of cooking time and cook down to a very low liquid.
Serve with reserved bacon pieces.
VARIATION: Add some diced country ham which makes this Southern dish even more delectable.