Recipe by Karen From Colorado
Comfort food at its best. Many people will tell you to soak your beans first (however, I have been told that you should soak dry beans when using a pressure cooker. Please follow manufactorers instructions in this case). I never do. I just wash them and cook them as below. 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. These may also be made in the pressure cooker and crockpot.
Top Review by Jan Marie
This was fabulous...just what the doctor ordered on a cold day. I used one huge smoked ham hock and a package of boneless country style pork ribs along with the 15 bean mix. I loved the combinations of the meat. I served this with fresh sliced baguettes. Yum
- 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.
- Place beans, ham hocks, onions and garlic in a large dutch oven filled with water.
- Add spices.
- Bring to boil.
- Simmer on med-low heat for 4 to 5 hours, adding more water as needed.
- Remove hamhocks 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 soup.