My husband and I recently joined Costco and we are discovering the many wonderful things that you can get there. I already have a great love for the pretzel slider buns, rotisserie chicken, avocados, Portobello mushrooms and shrimp salad. The list is growing and we are still trying to figure out what items we can buy in bulk and use in a timely manner.
I really love fresh green beans and I really dislike frozen green beans that you normally find in the frozen food section of your grocery. I was a little surprised when my husband brought home this huge bag of frozen green beans from Costco. I immediately turned my nose up and I ended up having to apologize later because they were really good. Costco carries Bybee Organic Petite Whole Green Beans which are the next best thing to fresh. So, now what do I do with a 5 pound bag?
My Cookbook group came to the rescue. My current book was Classic Pennsylvania Dutch Cooking by Betty Groff. I found a very simple recipe for Ham, Green Beans and Potatoes which sounded just like something that would come out of my Grandmother’s kitchen. I did make quite of few adjustments to the original recipe and I cooked it in my Ninja Cooking System. The Ninja Cooking System has slow cooker, stove top and oven capabilities. It’s a lifesaver during Houston’s hot/humid weather. I used the slow cooker and stove top settings for this recipe.
Ham, Potatoes and Green Beans
by Linda Mire
Inspired from Classic Pennsylvania Dutch Cooking by Betty Groff
2 lb bone-in ham
2 cups water
1 1/2 lbs Bybee Organic Petite Whole Green Beans
8 Baby Dutch Yellow Potatoes
1 tablespoon The Spice House French Tarragon
2 cubes Dorot Crushed Garlic
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
low sodium chicken broth
1. Trim skin and majority of the fat off the ham.
2. Place ham and water in Ninja. Set on the slow cooker/high setting for 4 hours.
3. Remove ham. Do NOT discard juice.
4. Place green beans, potatoes, tarragon, garlic and black pepper into Ninja. Set on stove top/medium heat.
5. If a little more liquid is needed, use a little low sodium chicken broth, just enough liquid to cover the potatoes/green beans.
6. Remove ham from bone and cut into cubes. Add to Ninja.
7. Continue to cook for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until potatoes are tender.
This was such an easy meal to prepare and it did take me right back to my Grandmother’s kitchen.
1. If you do not have a Ninja Cooking System, you can use your slow cooker. Follow steps 1-3. When you get to step 4, turn your slow cooker on high and follow rest of the steps. Instead of 45 minutes, it will take about 2 – 2 1/2 hours to get potatoes tender.
2. I did not add any salt to this. The ham provided plenty of salt for me, especially since the green beans and potatoes were cooked in the juices from the ham.
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