Green Beans Pears and Ham

Side Dish

Recipe courtesy of How to Cook Everything 

Serves 4

  • 1 1/2 lbs green beans, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for sprinkling
  • 2 large pears, ripe, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks, Bosc are preferred
  • 8 ounces ham, cut into 1/2-inch chunks
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock plus extra
  • salt and pepper
  • freshly squeezed lemon juice for sprinkling

Green Beans Pears and Ham

Green Beans Pears and Ham 

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Put a couple of tablespoons of olive oil in a hot pan, add the ham and brown. Add the pears, green beans and 1 cup chicken stock; cook at a constant bubble until the green beans are tender and the liquid is reduced to a sauce, about 15 to 20 minutes. Add more chicken stock if necessary to assure beans are tender.

Sprinkle with some salt (remember ham will add salt too) and a good dose of pepper.

Sprinkle with lemon juice and olive oil (optional) and serve hot.

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