Crock Pot Ham, Beans and Potatoes

Monday 30 October 2017

This is an old, old recipe gleaned from a Mennonite Community Cookery book many moons ago.  Its such a simple dish and yet so delicious!

Proof positive that food doesn't have to be complicated to taste good. Everything simply gets layered in the crock pot and then cooked.

Long and slow until the meat is falling off the bone and the potatoes and green beans are tender . . .

Served spooned into bowls with some of the broth and crusty bread . . .  it's simply fabulous.

Sometimes you can get really brave and throw in a jar or can of sauerkraut, you have drained and rinsed.  That's good too.


It would not win any beauty contests, but I think beauty is oftimes largely over-rated, don't you?

You cannot beat this for taste and convenience.  It leaves you hands free to get on with your day, knowing that something quite simpy tasty is bubbling away in wait for you at the end of it all.

Smoky ham, tender and delicious  . . .  the potatoes flavoured with ham stock, and the tender green beans . . . a slice of buttered crusty bread.  Manna from heaven, this is  . . . manna from heaven.

*Crock Pot Ham, Beans & Potatoes*
Serves 4
Something so simple and yet incredibly delicious. An old standby. Plan ahead as it takes about 5 hours to cook. 

900g ham hock (2 pounds)
240ml water (1 cup)
3 large potatoes
220g whole green beans, trimmed (1/2 pound)
freshly ground black pepper 

Place the ham hocks into a slow cooker along with the water.  Peel the potatoes, cut in half lengthwise and then into half moons, about 1/2 inch thick.  

Place the potatoes into the slow cooker on top of the ham hock.  Wash and trim the green beans.  Lay them in the slow cooker on top of the potatoes.  Cover and cook on high for about 5 hours. 

Remove the ham hocks and shred the meat, discarding any bone or fat.  Return to the crock pot and mix all gently together.  Pour into a serving dish, sprinkle with some black pepper and serve immediately.

Those Mennonites sure know how to cook.  I have never cooked one of their recipes but it wasn't lip smacking tasty at the end.  You could serve this with mustard pickle or pickled beetroot, and a salad on the side (or coleslaw)for a complete meal. Bon Appetit!


  1. Ham flavors everything:)So many recipes up your sleeve:)

    1. Thanks very much Monique! I,love simple meals like this. Xoxo

  2. Love this one Marie. Super easy but looks and sounds delicious. I've copied it into my section on i-pad which I refer to when menu planning. Thanks for sharing.

    1. You're very welcome Kylie! Your family is in for a real treat! xoxo

    2. It was a total winner Marie. Thankyou so much. I'll be keeping this one to make again and again. Totally scrumptious.

    3. I am so pleased it was enjoyed Kylie! We really love it also. Its so easy to make and so very tasty! Thanks for taking the time to let us know how much you enjoyed it! xo

  3. This dish was a favorite lunch at both elementary and high schools! It was served with a home made sticky bun! Oh it was sooooooo good!

    1. That sounds like you went to schools that really served their students well! xo

  4. Kristine MacMillin5 June 2023 at 23:46

    Hi Maire, Here in the USA ham hocks (pork knuckles) are not particularly meaty and used more for flavoring of soups and stews, and only weigh about a pound. Your recipe calls for a 900 g (2 pound hock) and the picture looks like yours had quite a bit of meat on it. Would you use a meaty ham bone for this recipe? Or 2-3 ham hocks? Thanks for the response, love all your recipes and appreiciate the reduced quantity ones for 2-4 people- just enough for me and the hubby with another meal of leftovers!

    1. Hi there. Yes the ham hocks in the U.K. are quite meaty. If you have a very meaty ham bone that would work well, as would 2 to 3 of your smaller ones. Thank you very much for your lovely comment! I aim to do many more reduced quantity recipes. 👍


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