Speck und Beans (Ham with Green String Beans)
3 lbs smoked ham
1 qt green string beans
5 medium sized potatoes
salt and pepper
1 - Cover the piece of ham with cold water and set over low flame to cook for 3 hours.
2 - Add water from time to time during cooking in order to have at least 1 qt of broth at all timee.
3 - Wash and clean the beans, break into small pieces and add to the ham.
4 - Continue cooking about 25 minutes.
5 - Pare and quarter the potatoes; add to the beans and ham and cook about 25 or 30 minutes or until beans and potatoes are tender.
6 - About 15 minutes before serving add salt and pepper to taste.
7 - Serve hot, providing vinegar for those who like the dish strongly flavored.