Judías con jamón (or in English, green beans with ham) is delicious, healthy, and super easy to make. The first time I tried judías con jamón was this past winter. There’s a little family owned grocery store down the street where they prepare different home cooked meals for take out. When I brought it home ready-made from that shop, I honestly didn’t expect much. Green beans and ham? Alright, it looks okay I guess…
I was wrong. It’s amazing. It’s salty from the ham, savory from the potatoes and onion, and the slices of roasted garlic throughout are so good.
Like most other Spanish dishes, green beans with ham is also super easy to make. Everything goes in one pot and a frying pan. Other than chopping up some ingredients, there’s not much work involved or too many ingredients to deal with. It’s great for the summer because it’s not too heavy, but it works well in the winter too because it’s warm and super savory.
- Green beans
- 4 medium potatoes, sliced into 1 inch rounds
- 1 thick slice of Spanish ham (or pancetta if not available)
- 1 small onion, diced
- garlic, sliced thickly
- olive oil
- optional: 2 boiled eggs, diced
- Cut and prepare the green beans. In a large pot of water, add a pinch of salt and 1 tbsp olive oil. Add the green beans and boil for 20 minutes or until tender.
- When the green beans are cooked, remove them with a slotted spoon and set aside.
- Put the sliced potatoes into the pot of water that the green beans cooked in. Boil for about 10 minutes, or until soft.
- In a frying pan, add 1/4 cup olive oil, garlic, onion, and ham. Sauté on medium heat for about 10 minutes. This is called a sofrito, and it's the base of many Spanish recipes.
- When the sofrito is done, add the green beans to the frying pan. Sauté on a low heat for another 10 minutes.
- When the potatoes are done cooking, the sofrito will also be done. Serve the green bean mixture with the boiled potatoes on top.
- Optional: add a diced egg on top