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Try making Ham, Green Beans, and Potatoes for the best side dish to pair with any meal. Filling, comforting, and the perfect Southern-style green beans everyone will love.
Try pairing this recipe with some Southern Cornbread, trust me you won't regret it! If you're craving more green bean deliciousness, then be sure to try making Garlic Green Beans or a full meal in minutes with some Instant Pot Chicken and Potatoes with Green Beans.
Need a tasty side dish?
Then let me tell you that I've got you covered with this recipe for green beans and potatoes with ham. Now all three of these ingredients are great on their own, but once you combine them all together they're incredible!
I'm talking about a southern classic, that's cozy, and nothing like your traditional green bean recipe. This recipe is also extremely simple because everything is cooked in one big ole pot and it doesn't require you to babysit the pot during the cooking process. Winning!!!
Trust me when I tell you that you certainly want to save this recipe to give it a try soon.
Let's get started.
Ingredients You'll Need
- Olive Oil - The first ingredient needed to saute the onion and garlic. This will also serve as the base for the recipe. You may substitute vegetable or canola oil instead if you prefer.
- Ham - Adds intense flavor and saltiness to the green beans. Try to use smoked ham for a more rich flavor and to keep them as a more authentic recipe for southern green beans.
- Onion - With so many flavors already in this side dish, try using a white onion that is mild in flavor and has a more mellow sweet flavor. If you prefer to use yellow onion, or have that on hand, then you can use that instead.
- Garlic - Pairs well with the onion and adds a bit of garlicky flavor to the green beans.
- Seasoning Salt - A seasoning blend that makes seasoning these green beans, ham, and potatoes a simple process with this just one seasoning.
- Crushed Red Pepper - Adds spice, brightness, and warmth/heat, may omit if you prefer but the small amount does not make the beans overly spicy.
- Chicken Broth - Adds more flavor and will help to break down the green beans and potatoes while simmering. You may use chicken or vegetable stock or broth if you would like.
- Fresh Green Beans - Use fresh green beans that can be found in the produce section of the grocery store. Try to select green beans that are firm and without discoloration or wilting. Make sure they are cleaned (washed), with the ends trimmed, and cut or snapped in half before using.
- Potatoes - Select red potatoes from the produce section. They have a subtly sweet flavor, are easy to find year-round, and are waxy which allows them to absorb seasoning very well.
See the recipe card below for exact ingredient quantities.
Step By Step Instructions
Begin the recipe using a large stock pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Pour in the olive oil and once hot, carefully swirl it around the pot to make sure the bottom is evenly coated. Add the ham and allow it to cook, stirring often.
Toss in the chopped onion and stir with the meat until the onion becomes translucent. Add the garlic cloves and stir in the seasoning salt and crushed red pepper.
Slowly pour in the chicken broth or stock. Reduce the heat and add the fresh green beans and red potatoes. Cover the pot with a lid and allow the beans to cook for about an hour, until the potatoes are fork tender.
Carefully remove the lid from the pot and add more chicken broth/stock if needed. Taste the green beans and if any additional salt, ground black pepper, or hot sauce is needed then you may add it to your preference. Serve warm and enjoy!
Store any completely cooled leftover green beans, ham, and potatoes in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Before serving, reheat on the stove in a saucepan over medium-high heat until warm, stirring often. They may also be reheated in the microwave in a microwave-safe container.
Can you freeze ham, green beans, and potatoes? The answer is yes you can! Simply add the room temperature green beans to a freezer-safe storage container or freezer bag. Store them in the freezer for up to 30 days. When ready to serve, heat on the stove in a saucepan until heated thoroughly.
Ham, Green Beans, and Potatoes
- 1 Large Stock Pot or Dutch Oven
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 pound ham
- 1 medium white onion, finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- ½ teaspoon seasoning salt
- ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 6 cups low sodium chicken broth/stock, plus more as needed
- 2 pounds fresh green beans, trimmed and cut in half
- 4 medium red potatoes, cleaned and quartered
- additional salt and ground black pepper or hot sauce to preference before serving
- Begin the recipe using a large stock pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the 2 tablespoons of olive oil and once hot, carefully swirl it around the pot to make sure the bottom is evenly coated. Add the 1 pound of ham and allow it to cook for about 5 minutes, stirring often.
- Add in the 1 medium finely chopped white onion and stir with the meat until the onion softens, about 4 to 5 minutes.
- Add in the 2 cloves of minced garlic and continue cooking for another 1 minute until fragrant. Stir in the ½ teaspoon seasoning salt and ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper (red pepper flakes).
- Pour in the 5 cups (reserving 1 cup for later) of the low sodium chicken broth or stock. Reduce the heat to medium-low and add the 2 pounds fresh green beans and 4 medium quartered red potatoes. Cover the pot with a lid and allow the beans to cook for about 1 hour, until the green beans have softened a bit and the potatoes are fork tender.
- Remove the lid from the pot and add the leftover 1 cup of chicken broth/stock if needed. Taste the green beans and if any additional salt, ground black pepper, or hot sauce is needed then you may add it to your preference. Serve warm and enjoy!
- Store any completely cooled leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
*All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.
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