Prep 10 mins
Cook 3 hrs
Down here in Alabama, Southern Style White Beans would be a main dish, usually served with turnip greens and a large chunk of cornbread. However, it makes a delicious side as well. Many love to top a bowl of these beans with corn relish, tobasco sauce, or clear pepper sauce. Even better the next day!
- 4 cups dried white beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 ham hocks or 1 ham bone, with some ham still remaining
- 2 teaspoons salt
- black pepper or red pepper
- Place beans in a large pot. Fill water to four inches over the beans.
- Bring to a boil over medium high heat on top of stove.
- Add ham hock or bone, salt and pepper.
- Reduce and simmer covered for three hours or until beans are soft.
- Add water as needed to keep beans covered.
- I have always eaten these beans cooked extra-soft but you may keep them a little firmer!
This is the recipe we use for white beans and pinto beans. When I can't find ham hocks, I use ham chips. Ham hocks are hard to locate in some areas. Sometimes I add 1-2 TBS of oil because ham chips can be very lean. Some southern friends will also add 1 TBS. sugar and a little bacon grease when using this recipe. I usually soak my beans overnight and cook them in a crockpot on high until tender. This is such a simple method of cooking dried beans from scratch and they are delicious. Thanks for posting this old-timey recipe.