At Home Recipe: Granny’s Pole Beans

“This traditional dish is quick and simple to make. It’s something you’d have at your Granny’s house on a Sunday afternoon or at a summer potluck. You can make this side dish with just about any meal, my favorite is to have it with fried chicken and cornbread.” – Executive Chef Cody DeRosett

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Granny’s Pole Beans


YIELD: 6 Servings

PREP TIME: 30 minutes

COOK TIME: 30 minutes



Support local and select your ingredients from your favorite local farmers market. Chef Cody recommends the Saturday market at Rupp Arena if you live in Lexington!

– 1 lb. pole beans

– 1 c. Broadbent ham, medium diced

– 1 yellow onion, sliced

– 1 qt. chicken stock

– 2 tbsp. white distilled vinegar

– 2 large roma tomatoes, peeled and roasted, then diced

– Salt and pepper to taste


Start by searing the cubed Broadbent ham in a 4 qt. sauce pot on medium heat until all sides browned. Add chicken stock, distilled vinegar, salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Add beans and onions, cover and simmer for 10 minutes.

Remove remove from heat and add tomatoes, let steep uncovered for 10-15 minutes then serve.