Creole Style Red Beans
Ingredients2 – 2 1/2 c. red beans, dried
1 lb. or more ham butt, shoulder,
etc. or 1 ring smoked sausage
2 lg. onions
1 green pepper
2 bay leaves
CAUTION: No salt
Soak the beans overnight in 6 cups of cold water. Cut the ham or sausage in 1″ pieces, coarsely cut up the onion and pepper. Dump all this merchandise in with the beans and add another cup or so of water to make up for what the beans have absorbed. Bring to a brisk boil, then immediately reduce the heat (to 200 degrees, if you have a controlled burner), cover the boiler and simmer the beans until they are tender and a good red gravy appears. They should cook in about 1 1/2 to 2 hours, but this varies. You keep fishing out samples and trying same until you get what you want. It may be necessary to add a little boiling water if they tend to cook dry. The meat usually has quite a plenty salt, but you may want to pep the beans up with a little Louisiana Hot Sauce and/or a little chili powder, but go easy. Serve these in bowls, to be eaten with a spoon.
Ingredients8 lb. navy beans
3 lb. hot dogs, cut up
1/2 c. salt
1 c. Brown sugar
1 c. Karo dark syrup
4 qt. tomato juice
2 qt. water
1/2 tsp. red pepper
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. mustard
Soak beans overnight.
Cook until nearly done.
Boil tomatoes and seasoning with a little cornstarch for thickening.
Put hot dogs and beans in a cooker and fill with tomato mixture.
Seal and cook 1-1/2 to 2 hours.
Black Beans with Ham Hocks
Ingredients1 bell pepper
1 clove garlic
1 tsp. cumin or to taste
1 tsp. pepper (black)
Salt to taste
2 ham hocks
1 bay leaf
Hot sauce to taste
2 tbsp. butter
1 lb. black beans
Let beans soak overnight.
Chop bell pepper, onion and garlic.
Fry lightly with ham hocks, bay leaf
and butter until it looks yummy.
Drain bacon and wash.
Combine pan mixture with beans in same juice.
Add hot sauce to taste.
Cook on low 4-5 hours or until mushy.
Serve over rice with green onions.
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