Recipe by Michael Harr
"Cottage ham is one of my favorite dishes to eat because it's rich in flavor and incredibly simple to make. Requiring only five ingredients and five minutes of prep time, this dish could quickly become a go-to meal in your household. If you can't wait the hour it takes to cook, drop it in a slow cooker in the morning, and it'll be ready when you get home."
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1 (3 pound)
russet potatoes, peeled and halved lengthwise
3 (14.5 ounce) cans
cut green beans, drained
white onion, sliced thickly
water to cover
I had a craving for ham yesterday and found a 2 lb. cottage ham at a local grocery. I'd never heard of that type but noticed they were rather pricey so I figured it was most likely a finer cut. I was right. Yay! I believe most any kind of decent ham would work in this recipe. However, the smaller size and shape of of a sliced cottage ham really helps make a mouth watering presentation at the table! Wish I'd taken a picture.
I changed the recipe slightly because of what was in my root cellar. I used about 1 1/2 lbs. of baby German Butterball potatoes (similar to Yukon Gold), a qt. of canned Black Valentine Green Beans and 4 small Stuttgarter Yellow Onions ends trimmed and otherwise left whole. Quite frankly, I think one could use just about any variety of these vegetables. I can't imagine the combination of these 4 simple ingredients getting screwed up. Aside from that, I followed the preparation instructions to the letter, making sure to cook the potatoes just to the point where they could easily be pierced with a fork. Then I drained the whole pot into a colander and literally dumped it into a ceramic baking dish for serving. On a cutting board, I sliced the ham a generous 1/2" thick then transferred it to one end of the serving dish. Thanks Michael for the inspiration. Down home cooking just doesn't get any better than this!
Mom made this recipe with additional fresh quarters of cabbage, no onions. Crusty Italian bread was awesome to dip in the broth! I use Turkey ham now (low salt, low fat) but it doesn't have the flavor of a good quality cottage ham.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Crazy-Simple Cottage Ham, Potatoes, and Green Beans
Serving Size: 1/6 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 382
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