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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Food Hussy Recipe: Crock Pot Ham & Beans

I've had a lot of desire for comfort food lately and Larry has been bugging me to make ham & beans...so on the hunt I went for a crock pot recipe because I'm lazy! And Voila - I found one! 

The recipe called for ham hocks but Meijer doesn't carry them - the meat counter guy suggested I get some sort of pork butt - mmm butt! They had them packaged in a wide variety of sizes - so I grabbed one of the smaller ones since there's only 2 of us...it looks fairly pretty in the crock pot. 



Let me also say - crock pot liners are THE BEST INVENTION EVER! Seriously - if you use a crock pot but not these liners - you are missing out! They are only like $1.09 for 4 and clean up is AMAZING! You package up your leftovers and throw the bag away! 


The final product was a little salty - but really comforting and easy. The ham chunks literally fell apart at the end of the day. I think next time I would rinse the ham a bit to hopefully taper the saltiness. All in all though - good recipe. Lots of flavor with very few ingredients - and you didn't have to soak the beans!

Crock Pot Ham & Beans

Ingredients:

1 meaty ham bone or 4 -6 ham hocks
1 large yellow onion, chopped
2 stalks celery, minced
1 carrot, shredded (optional)
2 bay leaves
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 lb great northern bean, rinsed and picked over
6 -8 cups low sodium chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon pepper (or to taste)


Directions:

Add onion and celery to crock pot.
Place ham bone or hocks on top of onion and celery.
Pour rinsed beans around ham and sprinkle with pepper.
Add bay leaves and garlic.
Add chicken stock and stir to combine all ingredients cover and cook on low for 8 hours.
When ham is tender (6-7 hours) Remove meat from bones (discarding fat and bones) and return meat to the pot. Stir to combine and break up ham pieces.
To thicken smash some of the beans on the side of crock pot.
When done skim any fat off and discard bay leaves.

Read more at: http://www.food.com/recipe/crock-pot-ham-bone-and-beans-348200?oc=linkback
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