A quick and easy to prepare stew using haricot beans the traditional bean used to make baked beans!  If you’re not keen on gammon, use your favourite sausages instead.  A very heart warming dish.  Find out how I discovered campfire stew here.

Serves 4 to 6 (or upto 12 – see Handy Hints)

1 x 750g gammon joint
2 x 300g tins haricot beans, drained
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1 onion, finely chopped
1 carrot, diced
600ml passata
1 tbsp oregano
2 tbsp smoked paprika
2 tbsp tomato puree
1 tbsp lemon juice
Salt and pepper

Place all the ingredients excpet the salt and pepper into the slow cooker and stir thoroughly.  Cook on low for approximately 6 hours or on high for 3.  Remove the gammon joint from the slow cooker and shred into bite size pieces.  Return to the cooker and stir thoroughly.  Season to taste.  Serve with seasonal greens.

Handy Hints
If you want to be frugal or are feeling the pinch, double the amount of beans and vegetables, add more passata or water and the stew will feed upto 12 people.  Don’t forget to add extra herbs and spices.

The stew works well with the addition of peppers.  Add two different coloured peppers, sliced at the begining of cooking.

Add a little water during cooking if you want more sauce or if the stew seems a little thick!

Other serving suggestions included sweet potato chips or mash, basmati or brown rice, corn on the cob or sweetcorn.

If you like a little spice, add chilli powder at the beginning of cooking.  How much will depend on your taste!

Replace the gammon with your favourite sausages, approximately 12 – 3 per person if serving four healthy appetites.  Keep them whole or skin them and cut into large chunks.