Prep 30 mins
Cook 8 hrs
Many variations to Ham Bone (or Hocks) and beans but this is pretty much how I remember it from my childhood. I find by not soaking the beans they have better texture and flavor.I use Great Northern Beans as my favorite choice of bean for this recipe. I have used 15 bean mix with good results just omit the ham flavor packet.
- 1 meaty ham bone or 4 -6 ham hocks
- 1 large yellow onion, chopped
- 2 stalks celery, minced
- 1 carrot, shredded (optional)
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 lb great northern bean, rinsed and picked over
- 6 -8 cups low sodium chicken broth
- 1⁄2 teaspoon pepper (or to taste)
- Add onion and celery to crock pot.
- Place ham bone or hocks on top of onion and celery.
- Pour rinsed beans around ham and sprinkle with pepper.
- Add bay leaves and garlic.
- Add chicken stock and stir to combine all ingredients cover and cook on low for 8 hours.
- When ham is tender (6-7 hours) Remove meat from bones (discarding fat and bones) and return meat to the pot. Stir to combine and break up ham pieces.
- To thicken smash some of the beans on the side of crock pot.
- When done skim any fat off and discard bay leaves.
Outstanding! I didn't monkey around with the ingredients, and used 8 cups of the chicken broth and a meaty ham bone. It was absolutely delicious!
This was very good! I had a very meaty ham bone leftover from Christmas dinner. I used kidney beans that I soaked overnight (I had already started soaking when I found this recipe), more onion and some carrot, but left out the celery since I don't like it. This cooked all day on low. We took the ham bone off and cut the ham and put it back in, and then added 2 bags of boil in bag brown rice (we opened the bags and poured it in) with it cooking on high. Nice on a cold windy night, and there is enough to freeze for another meal.
Holy yum! I followed the recipe but I added an 8oz can of tomato sauce and 3 coarsley chopped sweet potatoes to my crock pot. The sweet potatoes came out incredibly creamy/tasty! I also added about 2/3-3/4 of a cup of orzo to the crock pot about 15 min before serving (I used orzo only because it was left over in my cupboard. It was fine but elbow macaroni would have been more appropriate). Wow. I will certainly make this again!