An all around family favorite during the winter months is Slow Cooker Ham and Northern Beans. For so many years, I served my family baked ham dinners and threw away the hambone. Now I’m kicking myself. To think I could’ve been serving up this delicious comfort food all along!
I first stumbled across this recipe when my cousin brought it to a Christmas Eve potluck. Hubs loved it and I requested the recipe. It came to me across a Facebook message in my family’s normal format….add a little of this, some of that, maybe a little of this. No measurements, no exact instructions.
And that brings me to one of the greatest obstacles I face in sharing recipes with you…I hardly ever measure anything. I just throw things in, eye it until it looks right and taste it until it’s yummy.
That’s what I normally do with this recipe, but I love you too much not to share it with you, so I set about working out a more exact recipe. This works. The amount of water may vary depending on how long you boil it, how hard you boil it and how big your slow cooker is.
Use common sense and eye it and it should turn out fine. Keep in mind that it should be the consistency you see in the image above and possibly creamier, but not necessarily thicker. Make sense?
Also, the smoky deliciousness of this dish comes from boiling the hambone with the beans in water. Most slowcookers aren’t big enough to accomodate this and it would take alot longer to get the same results.
I will promise you though, you won’t regret spending a portion of your morning on this dinner. And while you’re at it, you can whip up some of Amanda’s Honey Cornbread, the perfect partner to Slow Cooker Ham and Northern Beans!
How to Make Slow Cooker Ham and Northern Beans