This meal is based on the green beans and that is why it comes first in the title. I built rest of the meal around a childhood memory of the beans. It seemed only fitting to have cube steak and mashed potatoes the only thing that my Paw Paw would have an issue with is there was no bread. My Grandmaw Jessie always had biscuits! There is no recipe that can be accurate.
I put a piece of fat back in a large sauce pan with the green beans and added enough water cover plus an inch. I brought it to a boil and then turned down to a simmer and cooked them for 2 hours until cooked to death.
I took some cube steak and seasoned it with salt and pepper and dregged it in flour and shallow fried it in some canola oil until brown. I put that in my crockpot insert and added 1/2 a thin sliced onion to the fat and cooked that until tender. I added 2 tbl of flour and cooked that about 1 min. I added 1 1/2 c of beef broth and whisked that until smooth. I poured the gravy over the steak and cooked it in the crockpot for 6 hours on low.