White Beans and Leftover Ham -A great way to use up that leftover holiday ham easily and with ingredients you already may have on hand!
I don’t know about you all, but by the time the new year rolls around I am tired of food and I am tired of cooking. The mad rush to get it all done and be everywhere crammed into that short period of time between Thanksgiving and Christmas is exhausting. At least it is for me.
I try to use our leftovers in creative ways the day after a big meal. I don’t just mean a late night turkey and stuffing sandwich, but turkey tetrizzini, ham and potato gratin and this very simple recipe. For when simple is what you are looking for because you KNOW it will hit a home run in the comfort food department.
White Beans and Leftover Ham
I don’t fancy up this recipe and it is the same one I have been making for years. I first got the hint to use a bit of brown sugar and ground red pepper from my husbands grandmother. It gives a little sweet with the savory without confusing your palate. This is exactly what we need after weeks of little sleep, stress, and calorie-busting meals. Or maybe that is just me.
What makes this dish is the slow simmer of the ham bone. As you know there is so much flavor to be rendered from a bone, in that the marrow really flavors the base. If you don’t have a ham bone- never fear. You can achieve great results just using diced ham. Maybe take a peek in your meat department of your local supermarket. They may sell ham bones, ham hocks or pork joints. All of which would be great here as well.
I made this particular recipe on the stove top using the overnight soak method. Alternately, you could add your rinsed and sorted beans to a large sized slow cooker, making sure to use 7 cups of liquid in your recipe. You would cook that on low for 6-8 hours or high for 4-5 hours. It is done when the liquid has absorbed and the beans are tender. Remove the bone and serve.
On a side note: Hurst’s Beans includes a seasoning packet in many of their bags of beans. Use it- trust me. In it is the exact herbs and spices that make these beans shine! Pre-measured and ready to use. Don’t you love that?
For more recipes, tips and retail locations visit the Hurst’s Beans website. I am sharing this recipe on behalf of Hurst’s Beans- but all opinions are my own.