October 7, 2014

Ham and Beans

My Angel Baby is a country girl! Or she would be if we lived in the country. AB will eat anything I throw at her and not bat an eye at it. I set the table for Sunday dinner and waited to see what reactions the ham and beans got. Flossy and Brutus wouldn't have anything to do with it but AB dove in with her spoon ablazin!

I think just about every part of the US has some dish made with ham (or perhaps sausage) and some sort of dried bean. Where I’m from, we usually like to use dried butter beans. I grew up eating these served over rice but you can serve it like a soup too!

Dried beans and ham as a hearty soup or served over rice.
Ham and Beans
1 pound dried small butter beans (baby lima beans)*
1 ham bone with trimmings or 2 ham hocks
5 cups water
1 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
1 small onion, diced
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon white pepper**

Rinse beans per package instructions then add to a large pot or Dutch oven. Add remaining ingredients, cover and heat over medium heat until boiling. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 3-4 hours or until beans are tender. You can also cook in a crock pot 5-6 hours on high or 8-10 hours on low.

Remove ham bone from pot to cool. Taste for salt and add if needed. I make mine a little on the salty side since I serve them over plain white rice so I usually have about 2 teaspoons total in mine.

Once the ham is cool enough to handle, remove meat from the bone, cut or shred into small pieces. Add ham pieces to beans and stir well before serving.

I serve mine over white rice topped with fresh diced onion but you can also serve this as a hearty soup. Either way, you’re going to want a big o’ hunk of Skillet Cornbread to go with it!

*We always use the small butter beans but feel free to use any dried beans. A lot of folks use the big butter beans (the “45s”) or great northern beans.

**I use white pepper in these because they cook up so creamy I like to keep things light but you can absolutely substitute with 1/2 teaspoon black pepper.


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14 comments:

  1. This sounds delish!
    And I think you got your crock pot times turned around. :)

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    1. Dang, I just about argued with you about it too! I looked at it twice before my brain finally got on board with what was wrong about it! I updated it! Thank you!

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  2. Yum, we always make this with small red beans as a soup. My nephews (6, 8, and 10) love it!

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  3. This recipe takes me back! I haven't had beans fixed like this in about 2 decades. I looked for ham hocks last week at Publix to go in a pot of collards and couldn't find any. I'm hoping it was just a slow pig leg day. I don't find cracklin's very often either. I used to love cracklin' cornbread made in my grandmother's cast iron skillet.

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  4. We fixed a crock pot of pinto beans Monday and I eat them like soup. This sounds absolutely delicious! Pinning it! Thanks!!

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  5. This is the best thing to do with leftover ham bone from Christmas - we look forward to it every year! Can't wait. And yours looks really, really good!

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  6. I haven't this in a long time. Thanks for the reminder. We also enjoy it using black-eyed peas.

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  7. Is five cups of water enough and has anyone tried it with broth?

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    1. Yes, 5 cups of water is enough. You can use broth if you like though I've never found it necessary as long as I have a good bit of ham left on my bone.

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  8. Try it soup style with a spoon of mayo in your bowl. Talking about good.

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    1. Really, mayo? That sounds really strange but I love mayo so I have to try it to see. : )

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  9. Mandy ... this Midwestern gal turned front range of Colorado will be serving this via Crockpot tomorrow night with you Mom's Skillet cornbread. Need some warm southern comfort after work tomorrow night!

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  10. This is a favorite family recipe; however, I always use pinto beans. This dish must be accompanied with hot, buttered cornbread and wedges of red onion, plus a little chili powder in the beans. Yummy!

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  11. Most people tell me they have Biscuits with their bean soups or them as meal. I was brought up to eat Corn bread with them. Even dried Black Eye peas. Too each his own, but give me Home made Corn Bread any time with my dried beans or peas.

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