BUTTER BEANS WITH COUNTRY HAM

Teresa G.

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@BlueGinghamApron

A country classic with a slight Italian twist.


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Serves:

4

Prep:

15 Min

Cook:

3 Hr

Method:

Stove Top

Ingredients

1 tsp
olive oil or bacon grease
1/2 c
chopped country ham
1/2 c
chopped onion
1-2 pinch
fresh ground black pepper
1 clove
(medium) garlic, finely minced or pressed
6 c
water
2-2 1/2 c
fresh or frozen butter beans (may use dried if soaked overnight & increase cooking time 1 hour)
1 1/2 -2 tsp
ham soup base/bouillon (optional)
1/2 tsp
salt (or to taste)

Directions Step-By-Step

1
In a 2 quart saucepan, over medium-high heat, saute ham, onions and pepper, until ham just begins to slightly brown.
2
Add garlic, saute 30 seconds and then add water.
3
Increase heat, add beans and watching carefully, bring to boil.
4
Lower heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for 1 1/2 hrs.
5
Add ham soup base, stir, cover and simmer for 1/2 hr.
6
Add salt, stir, then taste for seasoning and doneness of beans. Adjust seasoning as needed. (If you like things a little spicy, add a pinch of red pepper flakes or cayenne powder.)
7
Leave uncovered and let barely simmer to concentrate flavor and reduce liquid slightly.
8
Serve when beans are tender. Cover and refrigerate leftovers. Recipe may be doubled (use 5 qt. pot.)

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Vegetables
Main Ingredient: Beans/Legumes
Regional Style: Southern
Dietary Needs: Gluten-Free, Wheat Free
Other Tag: Quick & Easy