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Green Beans with Ham and Potatoes

★★★★

  • ½ cup butter
  • 2 ½ cups diced smoked ham
  • 1 large sweet onions, diced
  • 3 (1-pound) packages frozen cut green beans, thawed
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 lb. small new potatoes, halved
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1 small red bell pepper, diced

Melt butter in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat; add ham, and sauté 5 minutes. Add onion, and sauté 5 minutes. Add green beans and next 4 ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook 15 to 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender, stirring in bell pepper during the last 2 to 3 minutes.

Makes 12 to 16 servings

Source : Southern Living November 2001


My grandma had a recipe for ham and green beans that I typically use. When I saw this one I thought “hmmm, peppers?” Just like Grandma’s recipe, this one is easy and quick to put together. It depends on what is on sale as to what ham I buy, obviously leftover ham from a dinner would be the likeliest source, but we never have leftovers. Ham steaks happened to be on sale this week. Also, small red potatoes are expensive. I choose a cheaper bag of red potatoes and just cut them up into quarters. Lately the sweet onions the grocery store has been carrying are larger than a softball, so I reduced that from 2 to 1.

Now in my grandma’s recipe, this gets served with cider vinegar at the table. It’s the only way to eat it. Since this one had different ingredients, it was served as is and I waited to see what everyone at the table would say. They happily ate it just the way it was. It’s a very good variation of a classic.

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