Country Green Beans and Ham

Yield:
8 to 10 servings
Level:
Easy
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 ham shank, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups thinly sliced yellow onions
  • Salt
  • 3 pounds fresh green beans, trimmed
  • Water
Directions

In a large saucepan, with a lid, over medium heat, add the oil. Season the ham with black pepper. Add the ham and cook for 2 minutes on each side. Remove and set aside. Add the onions. Season with salt and pepper. Saute for 2 minutes. Add the reserved ham and beans back to the pan. Cover the beans completely with water. Bring the liquid to a boil, reduce heat to medium low, partially cover and cook for 2 hours. Remove from the heat and reseason if necessary


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    I only had a pound of green beans, but even considering that; the cooking time listed in the recipe is entirely too long. The beans started turning army green which is not how we like our green beans. I cooked the beans and the rest about a half hour which was just slightly too long. I did add chopped red potatoes and garlic as one reviewer suggested which were yummy. Will make again, but just shorten the final cooking time quite a bit.
    Cut this down using 1 lb of green beans and half of a ham shank. Added 2 cloves of sliced garlic to 1/2 an onion sauted in hot chili oil. Also added 1 lb of red potatoes about 20 min before done. In addition to adding salt, I added a bit of Emeril's Essence. This dish was warm and comforting. Best tasting green beans I have ever had. Only thing I'll do next time is cut down the cooking time. This small amount did not need the full 2 hours. Served with rotisseried chicken.
    Takes a little time, but fairly easy.
    Yum Yum Yum. and easy!
    Made this for my wife, she's down with the sniffles. Cheered her right up.
     

     
    If you throw in a few potatoes (cubed small) with the beans, they'll fall apart into the broth... A yummy accident.
    If you're lucky enough to have a Southern mom, grandmother or in-law, you've tasted these green beans (in the South they're called "snaps"). This recipe is the real deal!
    True Southern geen beans. Don't cut the cooking time. There better the next day.
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