Ham and Beans with Cornbread

Yummy and Filling Beans

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What to put in your beans

In my humble opinion, few dinners are as filling and satisfying as a big pot of beans served with cornbread fresh out of the oven. They can be as simple - or as diverse - as you care to make them. You can cook them from the hard, dry bean state, or simply pop open a few cans. You can make them with or without meat. Truly a great meal on for any budget.

Being a busy, working Mom, I tend to take the quickest path when whipping up dinner so I usually use canned beans. If I have leftover ham (especially the kind with the bone) I will throw it into the beans to simmer. If not, I just buy a package of cubed ham or a small package of turkey or smoked ham to slice and add. Of course, as I mentioned above, it is not necessary to add ham if you's like a vegetarian meal.

To make this meal visually appealing, I like to mix up the types of beans for variety in shape and color. Here's what I usually use to make a large Crock Pot full:

1 can Dark Red Kidney Beans

1 can Large Butter Beans

2 cans Great Northern Beans

1 can Black Beans

2 cans Pinto Beans

You can mix and match the types of beans to suit your taste.

I also add a half bag of frozen chopped onions and peppers. You can buy these in your freezer section. Or, time permitting, simply chop and lightly saute a large onion and sweet bell pepper in the color of your choosing in a little olive oil. Once all of this is in the crock pot I throw in the ham bone and chopped ham and let it all simmer until it's time to eat.

Sweet Cornbread

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Perfect with your Beans

Nothing goes better with Ham and Beans than good cornbread. Easy and filling too! I buy 2 boxes of the Jiffy Cornbread mix and mix it up according to the instructions on the box. Then I add 2 tablespoons of sugar and half of one small (8 0z) container of sour cream. Mix it together thoroughly and bake as instructed. Yum!

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StephanieBCrosby 5 years ago from New Jersey

We always keep a ham steak in the freezer for an easy go to meat. I never thought of this combination. Thanks.


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vmott 5 years ago from Ozark Mountains Author

@StephanieBCrosby, So glad you found this helpful. It's such a great dinner to enjoy as the cold weather sets in around us.


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SanneL 5 years ago from Sweden

Such a wonderful bean recipe. Packed with fibers and protein, but very inexpensive. Bookmarked. However, I will make it without the ham. Thank you for sharing!

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