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
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)
1 Add onion and celery to crock pot.
2 Place ham bone or hocks on top of onion and celery.
3 Pour rinsed beans around ham and sprinkle with pepper.
4 Add bay leaves and garlic.
5 Add chicken stock and stir to combine all ingredients cover and cook on low for 8 hours.
6 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.
7 To thicken smash some of the beans on the side of crock pot.
8 When done skim any fat off and discard bay leaves.
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