I came up with the idea for this recipe after the service deli guy cut some slices of ham way thicker than I wanted for sandwiches. I wanted him to cut them a little thicker than normal so they were easier to handle. He cut them really thick- about 3/8 of an inch! I decided to turn them into a fun dinner that was a little out of the ordinary for us.
Green beans are a great vegie to add to many kinds of entrees because they merge with most flavors, especially fruit. If you are cooking for someone who doesn’t like a lot of different vegetables, this is a big plus!
I also love adding apple slices to some of the meals that I prepare in a pan on my stovetop. I used them in my recipe for Pork Chops With Apples.
I remember my Mom making some kind of pork chops with apple slices and the idea has stuck in my mind ever since. Now I like to cook meat dishes with all kinds of other fruit too. I just posted a recipe for Chicken Stew with Green Olives and Grapes.
The addition of raisins, pecans, cream sherry and cinnamon make this easily prepared dinner even more special.
I shared this recipe with Monday Mania at The Healthy Home Economist
Cut up green beans, apples and pecans
2 cups green beans, cut into small pieces
2 apples, sliced into 5 slices each and cored (leave the skin on)
1/2 cup pecans, chopped
Soak raisins in cream sherry and set aside.
1/3 cup raisins
1/4 cup cream sherry
Heat butter and olive oil in large saute pan over medium high heat.
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
Add cut up green beans, apples and pecans and stir to coat everything with butter and oil mixture.
1 tablespoon brown sugar or grade B maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
and a dash of nutmeg
Add raisins and cream sherry to the pan.
Cook, stirring often so the green beans don’t stick to the pan and burn.
When green beans are close to being done, add ham slices and stir to coat with the seasonings.
1 or 2 thick slices of good quality deli ham, cut in quarters
When ham is warm and green beans are done, serve and enjoy.
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