ham yellow beans

Yellow eyed beans and ham


1 cup yellow eyed beans, soaked overnight

1 piece of ham, I used half a slice of center cut with bone in

¾ quart good chicken broth

2 to 3 celery ribs diced

2 carrots diced

1 med. onion diced

2 to 3 green onions sliced

1 clove garlic mashed and diced

3 small potatoes or 1 med. diced ½ inch

1 Tbs. bacon grease

A little olive oil

1 heaping Tbs. flour

Fresh ground pepper to taste

Salt to taste

1 good teaspoon Cajun seasoning or to taste

2 bay leaves

1 Tbs dried parsley

Water if needed

CI Dutch oven or large pot to cook in


I had the bone and about 1 ½ cups of diced ham from a large center cut slice. I cut the bone and the fatty meat out of it then diced the rest about ½ inch. I heated the bacon grease in my cast iron chicken friar on med. high and browned the bone and meat about 3 minutes on each side then removed it from the pot.


Add the celery, carrots, onion, green onion and garlic to the pot and turn the heat to med. Add a little oil if needed. Sauté about 5 minutes stirring some. Add in some fresh ground pepper and the Cajun seasoning, stir in to mix.


Add in the heaping Tbs. of flour and stir it in, when it starts to stick to the pot add in a little chicken broth and stir to deglaze the pot. Add in the rest of the chicken broth and turn the heat to med. high.


Add the browned bone and meat, the diced ham, diced potatoes and the bay leaves. Rinse the soaked beans and add them to the pot. Bring to a boil and then turn down to a simmer. Let simmer about a half hour and the cover and simmer on low, 3 to 4 hours or until the beans are soft. Check and stir about every half hour and add water if needed.  Add in the parsley about an hour before serving.  Great served with some chopped fresh onion and hot sauce at the table. You need some good cornbread with this too.


Note: I had about a Tbs. of my smoked hickory bacon salt I added to it. If you don’t have that just salt to taste. Yellow eyed beans are on the mild side and a good substitute would be white cannellini beans.