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When I was a child in the '50s, this hearty meal was on the menu every Monday (washday) like clockwork! We all loved it, especially the drop dumplings, and there were never any leftovers in our family of eight.

Provided by Ellen Bales

Categories     Bean Soups

Time 3h40m

Number Of Ingredients 14

1 lb dry great northern beans
2 qt cold water
1 meaty ham bone or
1 large ham steak, cut into cubes
1/2 tsp salt
6 peppercorns, whole black
1 bay leaf
1 medium onion, sliced or diced
1 c all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 c milk
2 Tbsp vegetable oil


  • 1. Wash the beans and discard any irregular or discolored ones; add 2 quarts cold water and soak overnight.
  • 2. Drain the old water and add 2 quarts fresh cold water into a large soup pot or Dutch oven. Place beans, ham, salt, peppercorns, and bay leaf into pot; cover. Simmer on low heat for 3 to 3 1/2 hours. Add onion for the last half-hour.
  • 3. If using ham bone, remove and cut the meat off; add ham to soup. If using ham steak cubes, leave in soup. Season to taste.
  • 4. FOR DUMPLINGS: Mix flour, baking powder, and salt into mixing bowl. Combine milk and vegetable oil separately. Add all at once to dry mixture, stirring just until moistened.
  • 5. Turn heat to medium to high under beans and bring them back to a boil. Drop batter from tablespoon atop bubbling beans. Cover tightly; let mixture return to boiling. Reduce heat (don't lift cover); simmer 12 to 15 minutes. Makes about 10 dumplings. Serve with plenty of cornbread.

md farhan1128
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This recipe is perfect for a cold winter day. It's hearty and filling, and it warms you up from the inside out.

Trail Cooperwood
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I love that this recipe can be made in one pot. It makes for easy cleanup.

Bin Jamaica
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This recipe is a great way to use up leftover ham. It's also a very affordable meal to make.

Kev Cervantes
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Overall, this was a good recipe. I would definitely make it again, but I would make a few changes to suit my taste.

flip_ Bionic
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This recipe was too complicated for me. I'm not a very experienced cook, so I would have liked it to be simpler.

Janice Friginette
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The dumplings were a bit dry. I think I would add more liquid to the batter next time.

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This recipe was a bit bland for my taste. I would have liked it to have more spices or herbs.

Melan Tamang
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I'm not a huge fan of ham and beans, but I decided to try this recipe anyway. I'm glad I did! The dumplings were amazing and the ham and beans were actually really good.

Ghurghd Kfdhcs
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This recipe is a keeper! It's simple to make and the results are always delicious. I've made it for my family and friends, and everyone loves it.

Saqib Wazir
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I wasn't sure how the ham and beans would taste together, but I was pleasantly surprised. The flavors complemented each other perfectly. The dumplings were also a nice addition.

Rang kutoa
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This recipe was easy to follow and the results were delicious. I especially liked the addition of the dumplings, which added a nice touch of texture and flavor.

Suman Maharjan FF
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I've made this ham and beans recipe several times now, and it always turns out great. The dumplings are so good that I often make a double batch and freeze them for later.

Surendra Mahato
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This ham and beans with dumplings recipe was a hit with my family! The dumplings were light and fluffy, and the ham and beans were flavorful and tender. I will definitely be making this again.