One of my fondest memories is my mother cooking meals for our big family gatherings. She handled the cooking with ease and never seemed rushed. Her secret was to cook as many of the sides the day before and warm them the day of the gathering. My mom was fortunate. She had a couple refrigerators in her garage for all her sides, refrigerated desserts, and the gallons of southern style tea she always made for each gathering.
Usually on the menu at each gathering was a huge bowl of green beans. Now we are from the South (in Tennessee) and our green beans always had either bacon or ham in them. Sometimes my mom would also add potatoes or onions in the green beans to give it a little different flavor.
One thing I never did when my mom was alive was learn how to make her green beans. So I’ve been on the search for a recipe that was similar. I found this recipe and video by Betty’s Kitchen. It reminds me of my Mom’s green beans and ham. It does take about six hours to cook in the slow cooker. I use frozen green beans instead of fresh and usually put it on to cook first thing the morning of the gathering.
Mom’s green beans always were slightly soft but not mushy. So that is how we cook our green beans. If you want your green beans a little firm just reduce the cooking time.
Slow Cooker Green Beans Seasoned with Ham
- 1 pound fresh green beans, washed, strung and broken
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ cup water
- 3 ounces diced ham
(Makes enough for 3 or 4 people.)
Watch this recipe in motion by clicking on the video below.