HAM & BEANS CROCKPOT RECIPE
Growing up, I was fortunate to have a father who not only loved to cook, but was amazing at it. Holidays always revolved around food, with my dad being center stage.
I remember turkeys, hams, rib roasts, corn soufflé, twice baked potatoes, green bean casseroles, and so many other dishes. Dad really threw himself into holiday cooking, as if he were trying to make the finest meal you’ve ever eaten.
Now, while I remember elegant and extravagant delights during the holidays, one of my all-time favorite dishes Dad made was also one of the simplest he made. The mere thought of this meal brings me comfort.
Who knew you could make such a wonderful meal out of 5 simple ingredients? What is this wonderful concoction you ask?
HAM AND BEANS!
My father used dried northern beans, ham, water, pepper, and bay leaves. Place all ingredients in a crock pot, cover, and cook overnight.
Here’s a man who spent 3 days making Thanksgiving dinner one year with so much food that we had to buy a second full size refrigerator, making one of his most memorable meals out of 5 ingredients.
As an adult I have made this dish several times, and me being me, I have to play with the recipe… Who’d have guessed? After playing with it a few times, I found that there wasn’t much I could do to improve this recipe. In fact, my version only has 2 additional ingredients, onions and shredded carrots.
So let’s get down to it. This one is for you Dad!
Pretty simple stuff eh? Give it a try and you’ll end up asking “How did so much flavor come from such simple ingredients?”
Thanks for the recipe and memories Dad. I miss you.
And, as always, make the recipe… then make it your own!
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