My recipe for Cottage Ham With Green Beans and Potatoes has a funny story to go with it. It’s quick, so I will share. Every time I make my family this dish, I begin to chuckle. As a child, I can remember eating Cottage Ham With Green Beans and Potatoes. Mom would make this once a week, because she thought it was my father’s favorite meal. First, she would send us out to the garden early in the morning to pick the beans for her famous Cottage Ham With Green Beans and Potatoes. Not long ago, on a beautiful Sunday afternoon Mom called to invite us to dinner. When we arrived my dad pulled me aside and said, “She is making it again.” I replied, “Making what?” He said, “That ham stuff with the potatoes and green beans.” With a sigh, he went on, “I have never liked ham made that way.”
“DAD!!! You need to be honest with her or you will be eating it for the rest of your life,” I told him.
To make a long story short, he finally told her. The room fell silent as she stood up, placed her hands on her hips, and said “You don’t like it! I have been making cottage ham with green beans and potatoes for over thirty years!” I knew my mom was kidding, but dad didn’t. He hung his head, and said “But I like your meatloaf.” Mom and I looked at each other and began to laugh. Before you knew it, everyone was laughing, including my dad. So yes, Cottage Ham With Green Beans and Potatoes still brings me some very fond memories.
Some things change just a bit when a recipe is passed down, so here is my version of Cottage Ham With Green Beans and Potatoes.
- 1 cottage ham
- 1 large yellow onion
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 2-3 Tbsp of olive oil
- 6 cups of water
- 4 or 5 Qt Dutch oven (I use a 4 qt, if you have a 5 qt more water maybe required)
- 4 cups of fresh green beans
- 5 red potatoes with skin intact
- Snap the ends off the green beans, then snap them in half.
- Cut the potatoes in quarters.
- Dice the onion and mince the garlic.
- Heat oil in the Dutch oven on medium high.
- Place onion in the oil and sauté for three minutes, adding the garlic after 2 minutes.
- Stir frequently.
- Turn burner down to low and add water. Be careful -- the oil may splatter when you pour the water in.
- Add green beans and potatoes to the water. Bring to a slow boil and let simmer for 15 minutes.
- Add cottage ham and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes, making sure at least half of the ham is out of the water. If it is covered with water, the ham will lose its flavor.
- The amount of green beans and potatoes may vary depending on the size of your family.
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