Slow-Cooker Yankee Bean Pot
We've updated this old-fashioned American favorite, taking advantage of the gentle, uniform heat of a slow cooker. Instead of the traditional salt pork, this recipe uses lean Canadian-style bacon.
- 1 pound dried navy or great northern beans
- 1 teaspoon canola oil
- 2 medium onions, chopped
- 4 ounces Canadian-style bacon, diced (3/4 cup)
- 6 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
- Pinch of crushed red pepper
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup, or molasses
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon dry mustard
- 1/2 pound smoked ham hock, pork neck bones or turkey wings (optional)
- 3 cups boiling water
- 2 bay leaves
- 1-2 tablespoons cider vinegar
- Hot sauce, such as Tabasco, to taste
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Freshly ground pepper, to taste
- Place beans in a large bowl and cover with cold water. Let soak for at least 8 hours or overnight. (Alternatively, place beans and 2 quarts water in a large pot. Bring to a boil. Boil for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and let stand for 1 hour.)
- Drain and rinse beans. Place in a slow cooker.
- Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and bacon; cook, stirring often, until onions are softened and light golden, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, thyme and crushed red pepper; cook, stirring, for 1 minute more. Add to the beans.
- Add maple syrup (or molasses), ketchup, Worcestershire and mustard to the beans; stir to combine. Bury ham hock (or neck bones or turkey wings), if using, in the beans. Add boiling water and top with bay leaves.
- Cover and cook until the beans are tender, about 4 1/4 hours on high or about 11 hours on low. Remove the bay leaves and bones. Season with vinegar, hot sauce, salt and pepper. Serve hot.
Tips & Notes
- Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 4 days.
- Start soaking beans a day ahead.
- For easy cleanup, try a slow-cooker liner. These heat-resistant, disposable liners fit neatly inside the insert and help prevent food from sticking to the bottom and sides of your slow cooker.
Per serving: 279 calories; 3 g fat (1 g sat, 1 g mono); 7 mg cholesterol; 50 g carbohydrates; 15 g protein; 10 g fiber; 407 mg sodium; 876 mg potassium.
Nutrition Bonus: Fiber (60% daily value), Folate (53% dv), Iron (25% dv).
Carbohydrate Servings: 2
Exchanges: 2 starch, 1/2 other carbohydrate, 1/2 vegetable, 2 lean meat
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- Ease of Preparation
- Total Time
- 30 minutes or less
- 8 or more
- Type of Dish
- Side dish, potato/starch