Slow Cooker Green Beans, Ham and Potatoes

Slow Cooker Green Beans, Ham and Potatoes

Background and History

Slow Cooker Green Beans, Ham, and Potatoes is a comforting and hearty dish that brings together the flavors of tender green beans, savory ham, and creamy potatoes. While the specific origins of this dish are unclear, variations of it have been enjoyed in homes across the United States for generations, particularly in the South where slow cooking and comfort food reign supreme.

Ingredients

1 pound fresh green beans, trimmed and cut into bite-sized pieces

1 pound ham steak, diced

4 medium potatoes, peeled and diced

1 small onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 cups chicken broth

1 teaspoon dried thyme

Salt and pepper to taste

Useful Facts

This dish can be easily customized to suit your taste preferences. You can add extra seasonings such as smoked paprika, red pepper flakes, or fresh herbs like parsley or rosemary.

Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. The flavors may even intensify overnight, making for a delicious next-day meal.

Slow cooking allows the flavors to meld together beautifully, resulting in a dish that is both comforting and flavorful.

Instructions

Place the green beans, diced ham, diced potatoes, diced onion, and minced garlic in the slow cooker insert.

Pour the chicken broth over the ingredients in the slow cooker.

Sprinkle the dried thyme, salt, and pepper over the mixture.

Gently stir to combine all the ingredients.

Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours, or until the vegetables are tender.

Once done, taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.

Serve the slow cooker green beans, ham, and potatoes hot, garnished with freshly chopped parsley if desired.

Serves

4-6

Preparation Time

15 minutes

Cooking Time

6-8 hours on low or 3-4 hours on high

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

Calories: 280

Total Fat: 6g

Saturated Fat: 2g

Cholesterol: 30mg

Sodium: 850mg

Total Carbohydrates: 38g

Dietary Fiber: 6g

Sugars: 4g

Protein: 20g

Notes

For added depth of flavor, you can brown the diced ham in a skillet before adding it to the slow cooker.

Feel free to use different types of potatoes such as red potatoes or Yukon gold potatoes for variety.

If you prefer a thicker broth, you can mix a tablespoon of cornstarch with water and stir it into the slow cooker during the last hour of cooking.

Allergy Warning

This recipe contains pork (ham) and may contain allergens depending on the brand of chicken broth used. Check for any specific allergies before consuming.