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Camellia Brand

Camellia’s Famous New Orleans-Style White Beans

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  • 1 (1-pound) package Camellia Brand Great Northern Beans
  • 8-10 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1/2 pound ham or seasoning meat, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Total time:
4 hours, 30 minutes
Prep time:
2 hours
Cook time:
2 hours, 30 minutes


  1. Rinse and sort beans. (Optional: Soak beans using your preferred method.)
  2. In large pot, cover beans with water and bring to a boil.
  3. Meanwhile, in a skillet, heat oil and cook onion, garlic, and ham or seasoning meat. Add contents of skillet to beans in pot, and simmer for 2 hours or until beans are tender. Add more water if needed.
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve with hot cooked rice, and if desired, top with sautéed shrimp.

Ingredients used in this Recipe

garlic seasoning meat onions ham great northern beans
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  • Jeffrey Aymond

    I assume that I’m supposed to chop the seasoning meat up if I’m using ham. Or do you just add the whole hunk of ham for flavor while cooking the beans and then remove it at the end? I’m sure either way is fine. But just wanted to get some feedback.

    • Lisa Eubanks

      Use a ham hock instead

    • audreyspalmer

      Cube your ham in nice size chunks, fry them in about 2 T. Oil add meat and the juices to your pot.

    • I use the leftover Sunday ham joint. Chop some into cubes, leave the rest on the bone, cook all day, then fish the bone out.

  • Jeffrey Aymond

    Well, I ended up chopping a ½ lb. of Black Forest ham that I got from the deli. I browned it with the onions and the garlic just as the recipe instructed. I cooked it with the beans in the boiling water for 2½ hrs. It came out spectacular. I also added a good bit of chili powder along with salt while it was cooking and had to add a few more cups of water towards the last hour or so that it was cooking. I really like the result I got, so I’ll probably keep doing it the same way. Nevertheless, I appreciate the input anyway, Lisa.

  • David Sholes

    when do you add when do you add the shrimp to add the white beans

  • Lola.tanner

    We always have pork chops with ours

  • Lola.tanner

    Oh we also put sausage in our

  • Jill

    Try using chicken broth instead of water. It makes the dish much richer. Soak the beans overnight in water. In the morning, rinse well and then return to pot and cover with chicken broth to cook.