Thursday, April 16, 2009

Slow Cooking Thursday: Kidney Beans

Tonight's dinner is from a recipe that my mother-in-law passed along to me. This meal is as frugal as they come!

Kidney Beans with (or without) Ham
Measurements don't need to be precise for this, so it's especially easy to make. Soak a pound of dry kidney beans in water overnight. (I do this right in the slow cooker crock, so I don't have an extra pot to wash.) In the morning, drain the beans and return them to the crock. To the beans, add a ham bone, a chopped onion, and a couple of cubed potatoes. Add enough water to cover everything, and a little bit more. (You'll have to keep an eye on it to see how much water it needs, until you've done this a few times.) Cook until the beans are tender (it takes all day, usually). Add diced ham if you like, and heat through. Remove the ham bone and serve.
This dish can have the consistency of a soup or a stew, as you prefer. My family likes to add a bit of vinegar at the end; we do this at the table, since everyone likes different amounts of vinegar. Today I'm serving this dish with sourdough bread.
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  1. This sounds real good!! I froze the ham bone from Easter and I love kidney beans. My family grew up putting vinegar on our beans and cornbread and I have never met anyone who has done the same until now! How neat!!!

  2. I bet this is good with that ham bone cooking in it! Thanks for sharing!

  3. I love beans made this way. Thank you for sharing. Also on my carrot cake my crock pot is a 2 quart, so that will work for you.

  4. YUM, this sounds great, thanks for sharing Melissa.

  5. Lorie, my mother-in-law was generous enough to give me the ham bone after Easter dinner this year. I rarely make ham, but my family LOVES this dish!

    Mari and Sandra, thanks for stopping by to read and comment!

    Jen, I'll use the 2-quart slow cooker for the carrot cake. Thanks!


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