Ham and String Beans Slow-Cooker Style

If I need to pick just one comforting, soul warming dish today, I think Ham and String Beans (green beans, wax beans, haricot verts, snap beans) with potatoes is my choice.
Smoked ham hocks or shanks have a flavor and texture all their own. The meat is tender and moist. If you never had this portion of a pig, I’d compare it to the dark meat of poultry.
The cuts come from the same place, a shank named for German name of schenkel or thigh and a ham hock, which is a cut just above the foot.
My earliest gardening memories are of sitting at our kitchen table with a big colandar of green beans on my lap. My job was to snap off the ends, grab the little “string” and pull it off.
Today most varieties are “stringless” but every once in a while, I’ll find some farm fresh beans and I get to pull one!

Ham and String Beans

    Ingredients

  • 2 ham shank or 2 hocks
  • 1 pound fresh or frozen beans, ends removed
  • 4 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed (about 3 cups)
  • 4 cups of homemade or 1 (32 ounce) carton of chicken stock
  • 2 cup celery, chopped
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped or 2 Tablespoons dried
  1. Place ham, celery, onions, potatoes and stock in slow cooker.
  2. Set on High and set probe for 160 or time for 3 hours.


Check for doneness, meat should pull away from bone.

  1. You can cook your beans on your stovetop then add them to the mix if desired. I choose this method because I’m fussy about how tender (not mushy) my beans get! ;)

If you don’t have a slow cooker, no worries! :)

  1. Place ham, celery, onions and stock in large Dutch oven and bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat, and simmer about 2 hours or until meat easily separates from the bone.
  3. Move meat to a plate and allow to cool slighty. Remove meat from bone, set aside.
  4. Add potatoes and beans to stock and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cook until tender.
  5. Return meat to the pot, add parsley.
  6. Serve on a plate or as a stew with the broth.
    This goes great with salad or crusty bread!

 

Ham and String Beans Slow-Cooker Style
 
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Ingredients
  •  2 ham shank or 2 hocks
  •  1 pound fresh or frozen beans, ends removed
  •  4 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed (about 3 cups)
  •  4 cups of homemade or 1 (32 ounce) carton of chicken stock
  •  2 cup celery, chopped
  •  1 cup onion, chopped
  •  ¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped or 2 Tablespoons dried
Instructions
  1. Place ham, celery, onions, potatoes and stock in slow cooker.
  2. Set on High and set probe for 160 or time for 3 hours.
  3. Check for doneness, meat should pull away from bone.
  4. You can cook your beans on your stovetop then add them to the mix if desired. I choose this method because I'm fussy about how tender (not mushy) my beans get! ;)
  5. If you don't have a slow cooker, no worries! :)
  6. Place ham, celery, onions and stock in large Dutch oven and bring to a boil.
  7. Reduce heat, and simmer about 2 hours or until meat easily separates from the bone.
  8. Move meat to a plate and allow to cool slighty. Remove meat from bone, set aside.
  9. Add potatoes and beans to stock and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cook until tender.
  10. Return meat to the pot, add parsley.
  11. Serve on a plate or as a stew with the broth.
  12. This goes great with salad or crusty bread!

 

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One Response to Ham and String Beans Slow-Cooker Style

  1. Carole says:

    Cindy, lovely bean dish. Please drop me a line on ca4ole@gmail.com if it’s ok for me to link it in to Food on Friday: Peas and Beans. Cheers

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