Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Beans and Ham~ The Magical Slow Cooker

Delicious white beans are cooked low and slow all day with melt in your mouth ham, for a comforting meal.

Most of you know how much I love my slow cooker. During most of the year, I use it at least once a week, on days where I am helping at the kids school all day. So when Sarah Olson, from The Magical Slow Cooker was looking for bloggers to review her new cookbook, I jumped at the chance. I was so excited to receive my cookbook and sit with a cup of tea to read through it.

The Magical Slow Cooker Recipes for Busy Moms by Sarah Olson is a gorgeous cookbook filled to the brim with fantastic slow cooker recipes, photos and tips. Sarah shares recipes for just about everything- appetizers, side dishes, soups, main dishes and even dessert. I have bookmarked so many recipe in this cookbook, I'm sure I'll be set for weeks of meals in my slow cooker. Granola Baked Apples p.20, Fresh Green Beans, Taters and Bacon p.54 and Texas Peach Barbecue Sandwiches p.127, are just a few of the recipes I have bookmarked to try in the future.

For my review, I decided to make Beans and Ham pg. 92, because I had some Easter ham I needed to use up, as well as the bone from the ham. I also wanted to try a crock pot dessert, and made the Blueberry Buckle p.188. Before I share the recipe for the Ham and Beans, I just want to say that the Blueberry Buckle was awesome! I threw in the ingredients before starting my dinner prep and shortly after we had cleaned up the dinner dishes, dessert was ready. The kids marveled that I had made a cake in the crock pot and they loved the sweet blueberries paired with the tender cake.

We really enjoyed the Ham and Beans. It was very similar to the Pasta Fagioli I makes, minus the pasta. The beans were delicious and creamy and the ham was fall apart tender. Simply seasoned with thyme and aromatics, this delicious tomato based dish could not be easier to make, thanks to the slow cooker. I served ours with cornbread muffins, which was the perfect side. Hubby and I enjoyed leftovers for a few lunches later in the week. It just kept getting better and better.

Beans and Ham
adapter from The Magical Slow Cooker by Sarah Olson

1 lb dried Great Northern Beans
4 C chicken broth
1 large ham hock (I used a ham bone)
2 C diced ham
1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes
1 small white onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp dried thyme (I used a few sprigs of fresh)
1/8 tsp black pepper
1/2-1 tsp salt (add to taste)

Soak beans overnight, by adding them to a 6 qt slow cooker insert and adding water, to a quarter inch above the beans. (Do not turn on the slow cooker).

In the morning, drain the beans and return them to the slow cooker. Add in the ham bone (ham hock), chicken broth, diced ham, tomatoes, onion, garlic, thyme, 1/2 tsp salt and pepper. Cover and cook on LOW for 9-10 hrs (do not open lid during cooking time). Remove the fresh thyme (if using) and ham bone (ham hock) to a plate. If using a ham hock, shred the meat and return to the slow cooker (discard the fat and bones). Add more salt if desired and serve with corn bread.


Sarah Olson said...

Hi Cindy! The soup looks awesome, so does your cornbread! Thank you for making a recipe from my book, I really appreciate it!

Peter of Feed Your Soul Too said...

So much flavor and pretty easy to make!

Florian @ContentednessCooking said...

These look fantastic, thanks for sharing...

Catherine said...

Dear Cindy, this looks wonderful and what a fun book to try. This is something I know I would love...and the cornbread looks so good with it. xo, Catherine

Patty Anderson said...

My kind of dinner in the colder months. Looks and sounds delicious.

Cindy @ Hun What's Dinner? said...

My pleasure. It really is a wonderful cookbook!

Cindy @ Hun What's Dinner? said...

Yes, that's what makes it a keeper.

Cindy @ Hun What's Dinner? said...

Thank you Florian :)

Cindy @ Hun What's Dinner? said...

The cookbook is wonderful and cornbread is the perfect dipper.

Cindy @ Hun What's Dinner? said...

So good I could probably eat it year round.

Lynnette Moore said...

Looks delicious Loo!

Debi Wayland said...

This looks great! I love the slow cooker, especially when it's hot in the summer. I plug it in outside and let all the heat stay out there. This sounds great! And, thanks for the review on her book. Looks like a keeper!

minnie@thelady8home said...

Easy yet absolutely flavourful yummy recipe.