Ham Hocks and Beans are definitely comfort food at its best. I love recipes like this. Very fast and easy to put together and yet gives out so much flavor and taste. This got 5 stars all around the table.
For a really hearty winter meal, serve these with a loaf of hot fresh bread or a pan of corn bread and a pan of old fashioned crisp fried potatoes.
Many people will tell you to soak your beans first but I never do. I just wash them and cook them as below.
Cook up these beans once and you’ll be making them off and on throughout the winter and that’s for sure.
These may also be made in the pressure cooker or crock pot.
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- 1 bag dry beans my favorite is a 15 bean mix
- 4 -6 ham hocks
- 1 large onion chopped
- 6 cloves garlic minced (more if desired)
- 1 large bay leaf
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1 teaspoon pepper
Wash the beans and remove all gravel and such.
Place the beans, ham hocks, onions and garlic in a large dutch oven filled with water. Add the spices. Bring to a boil and boil for two or three minutes.
Reduce heat to simmer on med-low heat and cook for 4 to 5 hours, adding more water as needed.
Remove the ham hocks when they are tender and falling apart; allow to cool so they can be handled.
Remove meat from ham hocks (discarding fat and bones) and return to the beans.
Photo by Tea Jenny