Ham Hocks and Beans

Sunday, August 22, 2010 @ 01:08 PM

Ham hocks and beans is a very inexpensive but very flavorful dish. This is very versatile meal as you can make it at home on your stove top, in a slow cooker, or over a camp fire in a cast iron dutch oven.  You can also feed a decent sized  group with just one bag of beans. This would make a good Boy Scout camp out dinner or  a great cold weather tailgate item cooked in a traditional turkey fryer over an outdoor propane cooker.

Depending on your group size:

1-2 lb bag navy beans, soaked in water overnight.

4 celery ribs, chopped(optional)

2 cups chopped onion

1-2 lb bag of fresh baby carrots

2-4 smoked ham hocks

4-6 qts of water

And if you like it with a kick put in 2 minced chili peppers.

Put all of your ingredients in the pot you are going to cook in, stock pot, 6 qt. or larger dutch oven, whatever. Cover with water. Bring it to a boil & let it slow boil for about an hour, then simmer until the beans are tender, about another 2 hours. You can remove the ham hocks at this point and discard the grizzle and bones. Get out any meat that you can & put it back in the stew pot. Serve when the beans are tender. I like to serve this with warm biscuits or fresh corn bread.

If using a slow cooker, put everything in the crock. Set the cooker to low. Go to work, and when you get home, make some biscuits and dinner is served.

The smoked ham hocks give the beans a touch of saltiness & a nice smokey flavor.

A simple, easy, tasty & inexpensive meal that will go a long way.

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