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SLOW COOKER GREEN BEANS, HAM AND POTATOES

SLOW COOKER GREEN BEANS, HAM AND POTATOES

 

Note: Freeze leftover cooking liquid, and then add to bean soup, ham or cabbage dishes, or use to cook dumplings in. It’s delicious!

 

2 pounds fresh green beans, rinsed and trimmed

1 large onion, chopped

3 ham hocks

1 1/2 pounds new potatoes, quartered

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon seasoning salt

1 tablespoon chicken bouillon granules

ground black pepper to taste

 

Halve beans if they are large, place in a slow cooker with water to barely cover, and add onion and ham hocks. Cover, and cook on High until simmering.

 

Reduce heat to Low, and cook for 2 to 3 hours, or until beans are crisp but not done.

 

Add potatoes, and cook for another 45 minutes. While potatoes are cooking, remove ham hocks from slow cooker, and remove meat from bones. Chop or shred meat, and return to slow cooker. Season with garlic powder, onion powder, seasoning salt, bouillon, and pepper. Cook until potatoes are done, then adjust seasoning to taste.

 

To serve, use a slotted spoon to put beans, potatoes, and ham into a serving dish

SLOW-COOKER COWBOY BEANS

SLOW-COOKER COWBOY BEANS

1 smoked ham hock
1 (1-pound) package dried pinto beans, rinsed
1 onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
4 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped or sliced
10 cups water
1 ½ teaspoons salt
6 strips bacon, cooked and chopped
1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained
1 (4-ounce) can chopped green chiles, drained
2 tablespoons minced cilantro

Put the ham hock, beans, onion and garlic in a slow cooker. Add the water and cook on low for 8 to 9 hours or overnight. Remove and discard the ham hock.

Add the salt, bacon, tomatoes, green chiles and cilantro and cook on low another 15 minutes. Beans can be refrigerated at this point and reheated close to serving time. The beans thicken when cooled, and the flavor will improve when the beans are cooked overnight and reheated the next day.

Makes 10 to 12 servings.

Note: For spicier beans, add 2 jalapeños, seeded and chopped.

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