Slow Cooker Green Beans Seasoned with Ham
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. It worked and was always delicious. She never used a slow cooker.
Mom was fortunate to have a couple refrigerators for all her sides and the gallons of tea she always made. We only have one refrigerator at my house, so the tradition of cooking the day before isn’t happening at my house. My stove’s burners are usually full of other sides. The slow cooker is going to be used for some of the sides.
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 then reduce the cooking time. Add onions and red potatoes to give it a different flavor.
- 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.