Did your mom make homemade ham, green beans and potatoes?
We would help her snap the green beans while she peeled potatoes and cut up ham.
It would take a while to prepare two to three pounds of fresh green beans.
And my mom was quicker than most with peeling and dicing potatoes, but it was worth the wait.
Ham, green beans and potatoes was one of our favorite Sunday family meals.
We had it on Sunday because of the time it took to prepare.
Once all the ingredients were ready, it all went in a large soup pot and cooked for several hours on the stove.
I used to love our one pot Sunday dinners.
When I got an Instant pot as an adult, I could suddenly make those amazing tasting one pot meals in minutes rather than hours.
A pot of ham, potatoes and green beans now takes less than an hour from start to finish but still tastes like I cooked all day.
Is it really that easy?
This recipe is so easy I was almost embarrassed to share it.
I figured it was so easy that anyone could do it.
Then I thought about how much I love eating it.
And the fact that some people are afraid to use their Instant pot.
It’s time to change that, and this recipe can do that.
The Instant Pot makes this childhood favorite so simple.
Just wait until you see how easy it is.
The dirt on potatoes
The fact is that you can use any pretty much any type of potato in this recipe.
I know some people would debate that with me, but I’m not a potato snob.
Did you know that there are over 200 varieties of potato sold in the US?
We could spend all day talking about this amazingly versatile veggie, but if you really want to know more, you can check out Potato Goodness for the full story.
You’ll find more than you ever thought you could learn about the humble potato.
For this recipe, though, we’re looking to save time.
A bag of petite potatoes does the trick for that.
Unfortunately, a 24 ounce bag costs about the same as a 3 pound bag of large potatoes in my part of the country.
For a bargain lover, that’s a tough call.
Occasionally, you will luck out and find a 24 ounce bag marked down to $1.49.
Bigger potatoes cut into bite sized pieces also works, but if you can save time and money, why not?
Let’s get cooking!
Here are a few tips to make sure your meal prep is as easy as possible.
- Assemble all of your ingredients in the order that you will use them.
- Peel and dice your onion if you’re using fresh rather than dried.
- Cut your potatoes into bite sized pieces if not using petite.
- Measure out the garlic powder and onion powder.
- If possible, cook with someone and have them read the recipe to you as you cook because cooking is more fun with people and then you won’t skip any steps, but that’s almost impossible with this recipe.
- If you’re cooking this on your own, read through the entire recipe before you start cooking. There are not that many steps, and I write recipes as if people are brand new cooking.
- Have fun. Cooking is a skill I believe anyone can learn and master with practice. Everyone who cooks well has messed up and thrown a meal in the garbage. Honestly, no one I’ve ever shared this recipe with has ever messed it up.
- 1/2 cup Chicken Stock
- 1 pound cubed ham
- 24 ounces petite potatoes, washed
- 24 ounces trimmed green beans, washed if fresh
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 large Onion (diced small) or 1/2 cup dried minced onion
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Pour the chicken stock in the bottom of the Instant pot.
- Add the potatoes.
- Next, add ham.
- Sprinkle garlic powder, onion powder and onion or minced onion over the ham.
- Fill the pot with green beans. If you're using fresh beans, you will be able to add more because they are more flexible. Don't worry, they'll cook down.
- Salt and pepper to taste.
- Place the lid on your Instant pot, making sure that the release valve is in the closed position.
- Set the Instant pot to Manual for 4 minutes.
- After the cooking cycle, let the Instant pot naturally pressure release for 10 minutes.
- Release any residual pressure and serve up!
You can substitute a cottage ham or ham hock for the cubed ham to give your dish a smoky country taste.
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365 Everyday Value, Organic Trimmed Green Beans, 12 oz
Morrell Cubed Ham, 8 oz
Peewee Potatoes, 16 oz
McCormick Minced Onion (Organic, Non-GMO, Kosher), 10.3 oz
McCormick Onion Powder, 2.62 oz
McCormick Classic Garlic Powder, 3.12 oz
Swansons Chicken Stock, 32 oz
Pyrex Glass Measuring Cup Set (4-Piece, Microwave and Oven Safe ),Clear
Accmor 11 Piece Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons Cups Set, Premium Stackable Tablespoons Measuring Set for Gift Dry Liquid Ingredients Cooking Baking
Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker, Sterilizer, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Saute, Yogurt Maker, and Warmer, 6 Quart, 14 One-Touch Programs
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Hamilton Beach Portable 6-Quart Set & Forget Digital Programmable Slow Cooker With Temperature Probe, Lid Lock, Stainless Steel (33969A)
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 12 ounces
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 269Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 49mgSodium: 830mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 7gSugar: 8gProtein: 23g
All nutrition information is approximate and for informational use only. Your serving sizes and nutrition information may differ.
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