Green Beans N’ Ham, I am!
OK…dear readers….a little bit of a pun on Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss, because we are talking Green Beans N’ Ham!
I just can’t say Green Beans N’ Ham without thinking of Green Eggs and Ham!
But I am going to try to put that out of my mind and talk fresh green beans…and ham…and bacon…and potatoes!
The produce at our Farmers Market is amazing! I love to shop for freshness! If you missed my last post on our local Farmers Market. please click on the link below!
My wonderful Mother made fresh green beans from grandpa’s garden and she would toss in the Ham bone left over from a bone-in Ham she had served over the week-end.
She also would add potatoes to the green beans and ham…which made a wonderful filling meal.
You can use peeled Idaho potatoes or little red potatoes cut in half. There are no rules here!
For a side to this casserole-like dish, Mother would make a jello salad…we girls preferred green or red jello, but Mother really preferred cottage cheese.
I have to confess that to this day…cottage cheese eaten alone is not my favorite! I don’t mind it in something like lasagna (in place of ricotta cheese) or even in a jello salad….but eaten all by itself with salt and pepper? No way!
But I digress, (don’t I always?)…back to fresh garden green beans.
The below recipe is pretty much like Mother made it, except I make it just a bit more flavorful (as if ham isn’t enough flavor)… by adding sliced bacon cut into pieces…And….putting it all in a crock pot!
What a winner this is….no work or fuss…just set it and forget it until dinner time.
I love my crock pots….yes, I have three! They are a real time saver, and the food smells so good as it is slow cooking!
Below is the printable recipe…although this recipe is a no-brainer!
Do you like crock pot cooking?
Have a great Wednesday!
- 2 lbs of fresh green beans
- 2 lbs of ham
- 3 slices of bacon cut into chunks (lardons)
- 4 medium sized Idaho potatoes
- 1 large onion, chopped
- salt and freshly ground peppper
- Cut up the ham, bacon and potatoes in bite size chunks
- Snap the fresh green beans in pieces and add onion (I like to leave on the "tail", but remove the stem.)
- Place all ingredients into a crock pot and cover with about 2-3 cups of water
- Add salt & pepper
- Cook on low for 6 hrs (preferred) or on high for 3 hours
- Sometimes, I add Lawry's seasoned salt....if you do add Lawry's...do not add additional salt or your dish will really be salty!
- Remember, when cooking with a crock pot...try not to remove the lid as that adds cooking time to your dish. 😉