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Oh beans!

Green Beans and Cottage Ham I guess I should be happy the rabbits had a feast eating my Swiss chard instead of nibbling on the row of tender green beans. I would rather lose some chard than several plants of green beans since I know the chard will recover. The green beans? Not so much. Here’s a much requested recipe that’s been a favorite in my family for 3 generations. Mom used to cook this on top of the stove in a big iron kettle. I take the easy way out and use my crockpot. Whoops, I mean slow cooker. I guess hardly anyone calls them crockpots anymore, but I still do.

Slow cooker/crockpot cottage ham, green beans and potatoes


Cottage ham is sometimes called cottage butt, meaning it’s from the butt/bottom portion of the shoulder. It is smoked but not cooked.

Ingredients

1 cottage ham,

1 pound green beans

1 onion, peeled and quartered

Potatoes

Salt and pepper to taste

Water – a couple cups or so

Instructions

Spray slow cooker.

Make a generous layer of raw, peeled, quartered potatoes or mash potatoes separately.

Add green beans and onions.

Put cottage ham on top, add salt and pepper.

Pour a couple cups of water over all.

Cook on low 7-10 hours or high 4-5.

Cut ham into thick pieces and serve with beans and potatoes.

 

Greg Marshall’s half runner beans and salt pork

Greg is from Goshen, Ohio and shared this recipe for half runner beans last year. I’ve had requests to share it again.

Greg said:  “ This is adapted from my Grand Mother & Mother, both from Blackey, Kentucky.”

Ingredients

2 – 3 lbs. half runners (regular green beans work also, but don’t cook as long)

1/4 – 1/3 of a chunk of salt pork (unsliced if you can find it)

1/3 – 1/2 stick of unsalted butter, or margarine

About 2 tablespoons bacon grease

Salt and pepper

Enough water to cover about 2 inches (can add 1 can chicken broth with water)

Instructions

Break ends of beans and remove strings on both and break into desired size pieces.

Put into large pot.

Add salt pork, butter, grease, and pepper. Add water, and broth if using, to cover beans by about 2 inches.

Cover pot with lid askew a bit and bring to boil on med/high heat till beans boil. Lower heat to med/LOW and cook till tender, about 1-1/2 hours checking occasionally so beans are not dry. Add water if necessary.

Remove lid and cook on medium high just a bit to evaporate some liquid.

Can be cooked ahead and left in pot on stove and reheated when ready to serve. CHECK SEASONING for enough salt and pepper!! Hope you enjoy enjoy a treat from Appalachia!

Tip from Rita’s garden

Green beans:  Better sight, healthy heart

Fresh green beans are low in calories, high in fiber and the vitamins A and C they contain are good for your eyes and immune system. The potassium in green beans is good for your heart, muscles and blood pressure.

Video cooking cottage ham and green beans:

Check out my abouteating.com UTube for a tutorial on cooking this recipe both in the slow cooker and pressure cooker.

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