If you’re searching for a quick and delicious way to utilize leftover ham, look no further! This straightforward recipe combines boiled potatoes, green beans, and savory ham to create a dish that’s both incredibly easy to make and a fantastic source of comfort.
Why You’ll Love It
- An effortless recipe for using up leftover ham.
- Healthy comfort food that warms the soul.
- Adjust the seasoning and flavors to cater to your taste.
- Easily adaptable based on the ingredients you have on hand.
- Can be stored in the fridge or freezer for future consumption.
- Ham: Diced ham can be found in most supermarkets. Leftover ham from a holiday roast dinner works great, but you can also use canned or frozen ham.
- Potatoes: Any type of potatoes will suffice. Maris Piper, new potatoes, Yukon Gold potatoes, Russet potatoes, or even red potatoes are excellent choices.
- Onions: Though optional, onions add extra flavor. Brown or white onions are preferred.
- Garlic: Optional, yet a flavorful addition. Use fresh garlic cloves or garlic paste.
- Green Beans: Fresh or frozen green beans work best for this dish. Avoid using canned green beans as they become mushy when boiled. Ensure that you clean them thoroughly before use.
- Chicken Broth: This flavorful liquid serves as the perfect base for this dish. Alternatively, you can use vegetable stock or water with a bouillon cube.
For detailed instructions and ingredient measurements, refer to the recipe card at the bottom of this article.
- Heat olive oil or canola oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add diced onions and sauté until they are soft and translucent. Incorporate the garlic and sauté for an additional minute.
- Add diced ham, green beans, peeled and diced potatoes, and chicken stock to the pot. Bring the liquid to a boil, then reduce it to a simmer. Allow it to simmer for 15-25 minutes until the potatoes are soft enough to be easily pierced with a fork. Serve immediately.
- Keep a watchful eye on the dish while it simmers to prevent overcooking.
- Test the potatoes with a fork to determine if they are adequately cooked.
- This dish is traditionally made without added seasoning, but feel free to experiment. Check the Variations section below for suggestions.
- If you lack leftover ham, you can dice sliced deli ham or even use canned ham.
Enjoy ham, green beans, and potatoes as a hearty one-pot meal for lunch or dinner. It’s particularly delightful during cold winter evenings or the day after a ham roast dinner. Pair the dish with some toasted bread or garlic bread for an extra treat. Roasted broccoli or roasted corn also make excellent accompaniments.
- Change the Meat: Substitute ham with leftover shredded chicken, shredded roast turkey, diced smoked sausage, or diced beef. Follow the suggested timings in the recipe, ensuring your chosen meat is precooked.
- Extra Veggies: Feel free to incorporate your favorite vegetables. Cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, rutabaga (swede), or kale would all enhance this dish.
- Add Beans: White beans like cannellini beans or butter beans would make a fantastic addition. Add them alongside the other ingredients.
- Seasoning Alterations: While this dish doesn’t require much seasoning, you can add spices and herbs to enhance the flavor. Try dried parsley, Italian seasoning, or a pinch of cayenne pepper.
Store any leftovers of this ham, green beans, and potatoes dish in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave or on the stove until thoroughly warm. Alternatively, freeze the leftovers for up to 6 months. Defrost and reheat before serving. To simplify future meals, freeze individual portions.
Frequently Asked Questions
For more recipe inspiration, check out these similar dishes:
- Slow Cooker Ham and Potato Soup
- Ham and Cheese Frittata
- Crockpot Cabbage Roll Soup
- Instant Pot Vegetable Beef Soup
- Slow Cooker Green Beans
- Instant Pot Ham
If you decide to make this recipe, don’t forget to share a photo on Instagram with the hashtag #hintofhealthy!
Food Safety Tips
To ensure food safety, adhere to these guidelines:
- Avoid leaving food at room temperature for extended periods.
- Never leave cooking food unattended.
- Use oils with a high smoking point to prevent harmful compounds.
- Maintain proper ventilation when using a gas stove.
For additional guidance, visit USDA.gov.