Pennsylvania Dutch Cooking: Ham and Green Beans
I grew up right in the middle of Lancaster county, aka Amish Country USA. There are lots of old PA Dutch recipes that no one has heard of.. Shoofly Pie, Chicken Pot Pie without the crust (far superior to crusted pot pie), Fastnachts, original Whoopie Pies, Scrapple, Pig Stomach.. the list goes on, and brings us to Ham and Green Beans.
People, you haven’t lived until you’ve had this country meal. It takes a little time, but it’s so worth it. The recipe I have for you today is the old fashioned way, but there are shortcut recipes out there if you’re short on time. The way the savory flavors of the ham and green beans come together with the creaminess of the potatoes.. it’s so good.
It’s simple. It tastes like home.
Ham and Green Beans
3-4 lb bone-in ham, uncooked
1-2 lb green beans, trimmed
5-6 potatoes, peeled and cut into large pieces
salt and pepper
1. In a large stock pot, cover the ham with water. Boil for 2 1/2-3 hours. Add extra water to cover as needed.
2. Add green beans to the pot and cook for 20-30 minutes. Remove the ham and add the potatoes. Cut or shred the meat while the potatoes cook until tender, about 30 minutes. Add the meat back to the pot and heat until warmed through. Let simmer until ready to serve.