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Ham Hocks and Beans

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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 tablespoon oregano
1 teaspoon pepper

Wash beans and remove all gravel and such.

2. Place beans, ham hocks, onions and garlic in a large dutch oven filled with water.

3. Add spices.

4. Bring to boil.

5. Simmer on med-low heat for 4 to 5 hours, adding more water as needed.

6. Remove ham hocks when they are tender and falling apart; allow to cool so they can be handled.

7. Remove meat from ham hocks (discarding fat and bones) and return to the soup.

Variation: Use a leftover holiday ham bone or diced ham instead of ham hocks if desired.

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Comfort food! There is nothing like a pot of ham hocks and beans, a pan of corn bread with maple butter and old fashioned fried potatoes on a chilly winter night to make you feel warm and comfortable. You can make these stove top or in your crock pot. I never bother to soak my beans (but if you are using a pressure cooker, please follow the manufacturers instructions). I just wash them and cook them as below.

I have not had Ham Hocks And Beans for about 26 years and made me think of when I met my ex husband ( he is still my best friend). He use to make this and now I'm hungry LOL LOL

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Hi Karen Kudos from another Karen. We had the ham hocks and beans last weekend and it was great. I served it with cornbread with added jalapenos and the maple butter. Had to skip the potatoes because my hero (or so he styles himself) is diabetic. Thanks from both of us for the recipe.

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