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white beans and rib greens

(2 ratings)
Recipe by
Sherry Blizzard
Piney Flats, TN

Holy smokes this turned out fantastic! I hate wasting those tough ribs from turnip greens, kale and etc. NEVER throw out your ribs again. They cook up quite nicely with beans and a smoked ham hock, salt pork or bacon ends. Coming from a family of Colorado pinto bean farmers, I love, love, love my beans and my mother makes sure I have a good supply here in Fairbanks, Alaska all year long. White beans just sounded right at the time. Beans and greens make a perfect marriage! I pressure cooked mine but there is no reason you can't open kettle your rib greens and beans.

(2 ratings)
yield 8 -10
prep time 15 Min
cook time 1 Hr
method Stove Top

Ingredients For white beans and rib greens

  • 1 lb
    small white beans
  • 3 c
    turnip or other green ribs, diced
  • 1 c
    fine diced bacon (or use a ham hock or salt pork)
  • 2 clove
    garlic, diced
  • water to cover 3" above ingredients
  • pepper

How To Make white beans and rib greens

  • 1
    These are the ingredients you will need. (Note: I only used 1/2 the bag of beans or 1 lb.)
  • 2
    Sort the beans. Despite what some people believe, packaged beans are still dirty and you should remove all debris.
  • 3
    Wash beans thoroughly under cold water.
  • 4
    Dice up the rib greens (this is the tough part of kale, collard and turnip greens we normally throw away.)
  • 5
    Combine all ingredients into the pressure cooker or into a large dutch oven or soup pot. Add pepper.
  • 6
    If pressure cooking, cook for 1 hour. If open kettle, cook until beans are at desired tenderness.
  • 7
    I would suggest serving this up with a pan of cornbread. Let that cornbread soak up all those wonderful juices. If you want some added spice, you should sprinkle on a little Louisiana Hot Sauce.