Nothing quite adds a little Southern goodness in your mouth like a big ole pot of slowly simmered Southern-Style White Beans and Ham topped with fresh sliced garden fresh green onions, diced jalapeño peppers, and served with freshly cooked collard greens and a nice warm buttery slice of cornbread.
My recipe for Southern-Style White Beans and Ham has layers and layers of beautiful flavors starting with cooking the dried white Northern beans in a luxurious vegetable stock, adding diced ham, sliced celery, chopped yellow onions, diced jalapeño, fresh herbs, and Cajun seasonings to really add a great slightly spicy layer of flavor to the Southern-Style White Beans and Ham.
In case you didn’t catch what type of beans I used Y’all, the secret is out they’re Northern Beans, yes you heard me correctly, I did say, “Northern Beans” Oddly enough many of us Southerners like to use those beautiful Northern beans in our pot of Southern-Style White Beans and Ham, who would have thought we would do that in the south, raise your hand?
If you have ever lived anywhere remotely near the South, you have probably had some version of Southern-Style White Beans and Ham at one time or another. We grew up on these wonderful filling Soup beans served quite often near the fall and wintertime. My mom makes her a little different from what I do; I love veggies and spicy foods, so I like adding celery, yellow onions, and jalapeño in mine she likes her recipe more basic and to the point.
White Beans VS Northern Beans, what’s the difference?
- Northern beans have been grown in many parts of the country that has a large following among foodies. It’s a mid-sized bean, more significant than the navy bean yet somewhat smaller than cannellini or kidney beans. Great Northern beans have a slightly delicate flavor and a more creamy texture when cooked.
- Navy beans are the most common variety of white beans grown in the United States. They’re a smaller, pea-sized bean, with a thicker skin. Navy Beans are incredibly versatile and can be used for side dishes, soups, dips, and of course, baked beans.
I’m very much a beans and rice kind of girl, so I always like to make a pot of white rice serve with my Southern-Style White Beans and Ham when I serve it for dinner. I also like to slice up some green onions and jalapeño peppers to garnish my beans and add even more layers of delicious flavor. What do Y’all like with your soup beans when you serve it?
You are going to love how creamy and delicious this slowly simmered warm hearty Southern-Style White Beans and Hams tastes; it’s perfect Southern Comfort food for this upcoming fall and winter. Serve it with homemade cornbread, and your favorite greens cooked to perfection, and you can’t go wrong.
Ingredients needed to make the recipe:
- Dried white Northern Beans
- Vegetable stock
- Ham steak
- Yellow onion
- Jalapeno Peppers
- Cajun Seasoning
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- White rice, optional
- Green onions, optional
- Tabasco Sauce, optional
- 1 pound package of dried white Northern beans soaked and sorted
- 2 cups vegetable stock for cooking the beans
- 6 cups water for cooking the beans
- 1-1 pound Ham Steak chopped into bite-sized pieces
- 1 medium yellow onion diced
- 3 jalapeño peppers diced
- ½ cup diced celery
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
- Kosher salt to own taste
- freshly ground black pepper to taste
- White rice for serving optional
- ½ cup sliced green onions for serving
- sliced Jalapeno peppers for serving optional
- Tabasco sauce for serving
Place the dried Northern beans in a colander, rinse the beans off thoroughly sorting through to remove any debris or broken beans at this time.
Place the Northern beans in a large pot and add enough water to cover as well as come about 2-3 inches above the beans. Place a tight-fitting lid over the pot and let sit overnight or for at least 8 hours before you begin cooking them.
Drain off the water that the Northern beans have soaked in and placed them back in the pot they have soaked in. Add 2 cups of vegetable stock to the Northern beans then add enough water to cover the beans and come about 2-3 inches above them, that should be about 6 cups of water give or take. If the beans become too thick during the process just add more water to the pot.
Next, add the chopped Ham steak, diced yellow onions, diced jalapeño peppers, diced celery, and minced garlic to the pot of Northern beans. Place on medium heat and let pot come to a simmer, reduce heat if need be and cook on a low simmer for about 2 hours or 2.5 hours if you prefer a softer bean.
The last half of an hour is when you will add your seasoning to the pot, at this time add 2 teaspoons of low-sodium Cajun seasoning or regular, kosher salt, and freshly ground pepper. Cook on low for the last 30 minutes.
Serve over white rice with sliced green onions, sliced jalapeño, and Tabasco sauce if desired.
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