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‘All Day’ Green Beans with Kentucky Ham and Salsify Recipe


Green Beans

Country ham and salsify combine to add depth of flavor to these green beans. Salsify is a vegetable that oxidizes quickly, so it’s placed in ice water as soon as it’s cut.

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  • 1/2 pound salsify, peeled
  • 2 pounds green beans, trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 3 ounces salt-cured country ham, julienned
  • 1/4 cup pecan halves
  • 1/2 tablespoon maple syrup
  • Salt and ground black pepper, to taste


Fill a large bowl with ice water. Peel the flesh of the salsify into the water. Meanwhile, set up a steaming rack over a pot or pan. Add some water to the pan, and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Transfer the salsify to the steaming rack, and cover with a tight-fitting lid. Steam until tender and remove from heat. Slice the salsify thinly, and set aside.

Bring a pot of salted water to boil over high heat. Cook the green beans for 7 minutes or until very tender (but without losing the bright green color). Immediately drain into a sieve and hold under cold running water.  When cool, drain well and pat dry.

Heat a large sauté pan over medium heat. When hot, add the oil. Next, add the country ham, pecans, and salsify. Sauté for 4 minutes or until the ham and salsify brown. Add the maple syrup and sauté the mixture for 1 minute. Add the green beans and sauté until heated, about 4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.  Serve hot.