I don’t know about you but I still have some ham left over from Easter and thought ham and beans would be perfect before it goes bad!
When you’re done with the holiday ham, find some on closeout at your local grocery store, whip up some more ham and beans with this delicious recipe. Use hamhocks or even some shaved ham (cut thick, about a size 7 or 8) from the deli for this recipe.
What you’ll need:
1 LB Ham, diced
1 Large Onion, diced
1 TBS Parsley
1 TBS Italian Seasoning
4 C. Chicken Broth (32 oz)
3 Garlic Cloves, minced
1 LB Dried Mixed Beans (or navy beans, butter beans, etc)
1 Chicken Bouillon Cube
Salt/Pepper to taste
1/2 TBS Bacon Grease (Mmmm!)
3 Strips Cooked Bacon, crumbled
1 Celery Stalk, diced
First, get a large pot of water and let the beans soak over night. They will expand some so be sure to add plenty water and that they are in a large pot. Rinse and drain before adding to the slow cooker. Add all ingredients into the slow cooker except the cooked bacon and bacon grease. Cook on high for 6-8 hrs. About an hour before you’re ready to serve, add in the bacon grease and and bacon crumbles. This also freezes very well so feel free to double up the recipe. Place leftovers in a ziplock freezer bag OR a freezer friendly storage container, slap on a label, and you’re good to go!
And of course you have to have cornbread with ham and beans. Pretty sure it’s against the law if it’s served without it 😉 Give this recipe a try! I’ve been using this recipe for cornbread for two years now. You’ll never use packaged cornbread mix again… ok you might, but only if it’s free! Seriously, try it 😀
And be sure to check out the “buttermilk recipe” cheat at the bottom. Don’t have cornmeal? Buy some! Inexpensive and I’ll be posting a recipe for homemade corndogs soon and you’ll need cornmeal! Such an easy recipe that kids can help!
This IS a sweet cornbread. Wanting more savory? Just just a little more more than 1/4 C Sugar. Get the recipe here.
This recipe is amazing with buttermilk. But if you don’t have buttermilk, this cheat will work in a pinch! Add 1.5 TSP vinegar to 1 C milk and let set for 5 mins. Do not stir it in. Just pour it on top. It will sour and be similar to buttermilk. The cornbread in the image above was made with Fat Free milk and vinegar.