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Green Beans with Tasso Ham


This smoky Cajun-flavored ham gives these green beans a special zing.

  • Servings: 12

Source: Martha Stewart Living, November 1996


  • 2 ounces Tasso Ham
  • 3 pounds fresh green beans, stem ends and strings removed
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion, peeled, finely chopped (about 1/2 cup)
  • 4 teaspoons finely minced garlic (about 4 cloves)
  • 2 teaspoons apple-cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  1. Place ham in the freezer until almost frozen, 3 to 4 hours. Cut it into julienne strips. Set aside.

  2. Fill a large pot with water; bring to a boil. Add beans; cook until bright green, 2 to 3 minutes. Drain, rinse with cold water, and set aside.

  3. Place butter and oil in a large skillet over medium heat. When butter is melted, add onions and garlic; saute until onions are translucent, about 5 minutes. Add green beans, and turn heat to high; saute tossing, until beans are heated through, about 2 minutes.

  4. Add ham, vinegar, sugar, salt, and pepper; saute until ham renders fat, about 3 minutes. Serve hot.

Cook's Notes

Tasso ham is cajun-spiced pork that has been cured and then smoked. Primarily used as a seasoning, it is available online, or at gourmet-food stores and specialty meat markets.

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