Green Beans With Garlic and Ham

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“We always had these beans with our Christmas dinner. They are very flavorful and a family favorite. Most of the work can be done in advance. Although there is alot of garlic, the cooking process mellows it considerably.”

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  2. Add garlic; cook 8 minutes until very tender.
  3. Transfer to a paper towel using a slotted spoon.
  4. Pat dry.
  5. Add salt to pot; return water to boil and add green beans.
  6. Cook beans until just tender, about 6 minutes.
  7. Drain beans, rinse under cold water, pat dry and set aside.
  8. Heat 2 T oil in heavy nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
  9. Add ham and saute until crisp, 6 or 7 minutes depending on the moisture content of the ham.
  10. Set aside.
  11. Can be prepared 1 day ahead.
  12. Keep garlic separate from beans and ham.
  13. Melt butter with remaining oil in a large heavy skillet over medium high heat.
  14. Add garlic and mash with a fork or the back of a spoon.
  15. Add green beans and ham.
  16. Toss until heated through and coated with garlic.
  17. Season to your taste with salt and pepper.
  18. Serve.

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