Recipes For My Boys: Sweet Beans and Ham

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Sweet Beans and Ham

We baked a ham Sunday and I wanted a pot of beans.  I was going to make Northern Beans and Ham but my oldest said he wanted "Sweet Beans".  That is his name for Baked Beans.  :D  So…..Sweet Beans and Ham it is!  A pan of Corn Bread and we will be set! 

Sweet Beans and Ham
1 bag of dried Great Northern Beans…12 oz
3/4 to 1 cup Ketchup
3 teaspoons Honey Mustard
1/2 cup packed Brown Sugar
1 small Onion, diced
1 1/2 cups diced Smoked Ham
1/3 teaspoon Pepper
1/2 Salt

Rinse beans and pick out any bad ones or foreign objects.  Put in pot, cover with water, boil 2 minutes.  Cover, remove from heat and let sit 1-4 hours.
Drain the beans and rinse.  Put in crock pot…add ingredients and water to cover.  Cook on high for 4-6 hours or low –10 hours.
Okay….NOTE HERE:  I boiled the beans for 2 minutes.  Let sit for 4 hours, first day with a girlfriend without my precious babies in umpteen years, then cooked on high for 5 hours in crock pot.  They were NOT done.  I had to cook them at 3 minute intervals for 30 minutes.  Sooooo, next time I will either….cook for an hour and then put in crock pot or, simmer on stove for the afternoon. 


Naomi Lynette Westvang said...

Can I make a suggestion ( I have worked in the food industry for most of my adult life and my mother graduated from culinary art college so I know a bit about food) here's a suggestion: leave the salt out until right before you serve....the salt keeps the beans hard, the food industry uses the salt to keep the beans from falling apart that's why I don't add the salt until closer to the end of cooking time....just a suggestion that might help.

Debi said...

Thank You! I had no idea it worked that way with beans. I have heard that you shouldn't salt meat before cooking...but I do most of the time. I will certain keep this in mind next time. Perhaps it won't take 10 forever to cook the beans. :D <3 and Hugs!

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