This recipe was passed down from my Cajun grandmother to me. It makes A LOT of food, and freezes well. I love to make this dish because the aroma that fills my house reminds me of back home. This can be made in a large crockpot, but I recommend a large stewpot as it makes a lot of food.
- Wash beans & add to stew pot, boil for 30-45 minutes.
- Brown ham in 1 tsp of oil until just brown.
- Remove ham & add 1 tsp of oil, onion, celery, bell pepper & garlic, cook until soft. (If sticky, just add a LITTLE water.).
- Add ham back to skillet and cook for an additional 5-10 minutes.
- Add skillet mixture to beans & season with salt, cayenne pepper, & bay leaves. (You can use more or less of any of the seasonings to suit your taste. Taste the liquid to make sure that it agrees to your tastes.).
- Cook in stewpot until beans are soft. (4-6 hours).
- Remove 1 1/2 cups of beans & mash. Add mashed beans back to mixture.
- Serve beans over rice.