Green Beans N’ Ham, I am!
“I do not like green eggs and ham. I do not like them, Sam-I-Am.” Dr. Seuss, Green Eggs and Ham
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. 😉
playing catch up with your blogs honey… Green Eggs and Ham was a favorite book with my Sam(antha) as she stubbornly refused to try new food… she did eventually but the book is still a favorite. I think I must find a copy for my grandson.
As for the green beans… well it was an annual “pain”.. Dad always planted more beans than needed and then went away for the summer when then needed to be picked… so every day on the way home from work I would have to call in to pick them, just so they kept producing more beans…
Must have eaten pounds of them… freshly cooked and tossed in butter… but daughter 2 had to dip them in her ketchup!
I never had a crock pot… and I was too frightened to have a pressure cooker! We “casseroled” in the oven… worse thing was the hand washing of the pot afterwards..
Do you think those times have passed now… with the advent of the new foods we have access to… if it wasn’t local it would be too expensive..
Had my first success with a “squash”.. threw it into my customised lentil soup… Seemed very daring hehe
Hugs honey xx
I have never heard of green beans dipped in ketchup but I think they would be good. My Mother used to say that all three of us kids would eat ketchup on anything, so I am surprised that we had not thought of that one before.
thanks for stopping by….
Share your squash and lentil soup recipe if you like. 🙂
Well the rule we go by is that you need to try a recipe at least once the original way… before you customize it..
I originally used the http://www.lifestylefood.com.au/recipes/15189/bacon-and-lentil-soup
Its a Donna Hay recipe. I loved her TV show that I stumbled on and I now have a couple of her books including the “Fast, Fresh, Simple” that the soup recipe is from.
However, I’ve now upped the lentils to one cup, taken to throwing in a couple carrots, a sweet potatoe and now some butternut squash. I threw them in just after the lentils, stirred and then added enough stock afterwards just to cover everything. I blitz the soup with my stick blender, but still serve with a little grated Parmesan cheese.
I made another large pot yesterday, as I have a head cold and its perfect for comforting me… I put some in a microwave soup cup and take it into work for lunch too.
Hugs from across the pond
Sounds positively yummy and I can’t wait to try it out…..I will post it when I make it for your approval! Do you perhaps have a pic of it since you made a large pot? more to come….
Mnnn it’s not easy taking a photo of a bowl of soup, but I’m sure you know that. I’ll send the best one.
thanks my dear friend….I did receive the picture and you did great! Soup looks sooooo good! Soup is always good after dentist visits….that has always been my “go to” feel better soon food group.
thanks for stopping by.