Every once in a while, I get a real craving for some down home cooking. It brings back memories of my grandmother, who loved beans and cornbread. There are two basic ways you can make these beans. Of course, they taste best if you make them from scratch, but sometimes that is just too much work or I want to eat them quickly.
- 1 jar of great northern white beans
- 2 slices of cooked ham you can also buy diced ham in the meat section if you don't want to use leftovers
- 1/4 cup diced onions
- 1 can of chicken stock you can also make your own - about 2 cups
- 1 teaspoon of pepper
- 1 teaspoon of salt
Dump jar of beans into crockpot.
Smash a few of the beans with a spoon to make recipe creamier.
Dice ham finely and throw in.
Add diced onion.
Stir in salt and pepper.
Add 2 cups of chicken stock.
Cook a minimum of four hours on low.
Old Fashioned White Beans and Ham Recipe
If you want to cook the beans from dried beans, that is definitely an option. You just have to plan ahead a bit more and cook them a whole lot longer. I think these taste better than the jarred beans.
- 1 pound package of dried Great Northern white beans
- 2 thick slices of cooked ham (diced)
- 2 cloves of garlic pressed or minced
- 1/4 cup diced onion
- 2 cups chicken broth
- Salt & Pepper to taste
Take these steps:
- Soak the beans overnight or according to package instructions.
- Drain and rinse thoroughly.
- Add to slow cooker.
- Pour on 2 cups of chicken broth.
- Add enough water to cover the beans.
- Add additional ingredients.
- Cook on low for 12-15 hours, stirring here and there
A Few Notes
You can also throw in a few strips of bacon for a little extra flavor or add a pat or two of butter. Some people like to spice up their beans by adding cayenne pepper or hot sauce, but I find it makes them too spicy for me.
Add some homemade cornbread and you have a delicious and extremely inexpensive meal filled with fiber.