Monday, December 17, 2012

RECIPE: Great Northern Beans with Smoked Turkey Breast

Hello there!  Granny here with one of her favorite recipes:  Great Northern Beans with Smoked Turkey Breast.  There are so many benefits that come with this recipe:
  1. saves time during the week - one meal in one pot
  2. health benefits
  3. promotes hair growth
  4. tastes great
  5. enough to share
The list could go on, but I'll stop here.
I use beans as a staple meal when my weeks are extra long.  It frees me from stressing out having to cook with limited time.  Beans also are high in fiber (good for digestive tract), contain biotin which promotes hair growth, helps increase muscle tone, and there is a variety of ways you can cook them.
Turkey breast has its own benefits, it's a lean meat less talked about containing large amounts of B6 and a good amount of B12, and just like beans they taste great depending what your taste calls for.
Of course as all Granny's do, there is always more than enough to share.  I'll be sharing this tasty treat with my coworkers.

Great Northern Beans with Smoked Turkey Breast
1 small turkey breast (mine was approx 6lbs)
1 1/2 lbs of dried great northern beans
seasoning to taste (whatever you like)

Turkey Breast:
Roast turkey breast in oven according to instructions using seasonings of choice after cleaning it.  After taking out of oven allow to sit for approx 10-15 min before carving.  Carve turkey, then dice into smaller pieces (you choose the size).  Put turkey into mixing bowl and let marinade in liquid smoke for approx 2 - 4hrs (I normally do it as long as the beans take to cook).

Sort beans for debris.  Rinse beans well. 
See instructions for soaking method.  Lately, I've been using the quick soak method and it works just as good as if you were to soak overnight.  Use seasoning of choice.  Beans usually take 3 - 4hrs to cook if using on medium heat with lid tilted for better cooking.  Once beans are tender, add turkey and onions and allow to set together as you would spaghetti noodles and sauce.
*onions can be cooked with turkey or beans.  I love onions so much I do it with both.

Serve with cornbread and you have a tasty meal that is very filling.

Enjoy!  I sure plan to!!

What are some of your recipes for northern beans?  Leave comments below.

Much love,


  1. Granny I said before that we were sisters from different mothers, and your love of onions clinches it. I too love them, and add them to just about everything savory. And definitely salads. If I buy a salad from a fast food joint, I always ask for onions on the side. This seems to confuse them more times than not for some reason! LOL! Guess you can take the girl outta the country, but can't take the country outta the girl.
    I have to try this recipe and tell my mother about it. She's always "boiling a pot" and uses turkey instead of pork now. It sounds really good, and is a new twist. Will let you know how it turns out!

  2. WE ARE (singing we are family by Sister Sledge as I write this). I use onions and garlic in just about everything. I also ask for onions on the side when ordering a salad at a fast food joint.
    My famous recipe is pinto beans with beef I posted Nov 30. That's the one my coworkers request the most.Just like your mother, I'm always cooking beans.
    I'm allergic to pork so I have to be a little more creative with my dishes than most.
    I hope you ladies enjoy this recipe as much as I do.