Crazy-Simple Cottage Ham, Potatoes, and Green Beans


Cottage ham is one of my favorite dishes to eat because it's rich in flavor and incredibly simple to make. Requiring only five ingredients and five minutes of prep time, this dish could quickly become a go-to meal in your household. If you can't wait the hour it takes to cook, drop it in a slow cooker in the morning, and it'll be ready when you get home.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
55 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
6 servings


  • 1 (3 pound) cottage ham

  • 4 russet potatoes, peeled and halved lengthwise

  • 3 (14.5 ounce) cans cut green beans, drained

  • 1 white onion, sliced thickly

  • water to cover


  1. Put ham into a Dutch oven. Arrange potato halves, green beans, and onion slices around the ham. Pour enough water into the pot to cover the vegetables completely.

  2. Place a cover on the pot and bring the water to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer mixture until potatoes are completely soft, about 55 minutes.

  3. Remove ham to a cutting board to slice to desired thickness; serve with vegetables.

Cook's Note:

Cottage ham is also known as a cottage butt, smoked pork butt, or smoked pork shoulder butt

This recipe can be prepared using a slow cooker set to Low for 8 hours or High for 4 hours.

Green beans can be fresh or frozen without affecting cook time.

Any firm variety of potatoes may be used, but cook time should be shortened for smaller varieties.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

722 Calories
42g Fat
36g Carbs
47g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 722
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 42g 54%
Saturated Fat 15g 76%
Cholesterol 127mg 42%
Sodium 3461mg 150%
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Dietary Fiber 8g 29%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 47g
Vitamin C 117mg 587%
Calcium 99mg 8%
Iron 5mg 25%
Potassium 1555mg 33%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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