Southern Red Beans

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READY IN: 3hrs 20mins
SERVES: 8
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • In a large bowl or pot add the beans and cover with water by 2 inches.
  • Soak for 8 hours or overnight.
  • Drain and set aside.
  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat cook the salt pork until cooked through.
  • Remove the salt pork leaving the grease in the skillet.
  • Add the onions, celery and bell peppers to the grease in the skillet.
  • Season with the black and cayenne pepper, and cook, stirring, until the vegetables are soft, about 4 minutes.
  • Add the bay leaves, sausage, and ham hocks, and cook, stirring, to brown the sausage and ham hocks, about 4 minutes.
  • 6Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  • Add the beans, salt pork, stock and water, stir well, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the beans are tender and starting to thicken, about 2 hours. (Should the beans become too thick and dry, add more water, about 1/4 cup at a time.).
  • Remove from the heat and with the back of a heavy spoon, mash about 1/4 of the beans against the side of the pot.
  • Continue to cook until the beans are tender and creamy, 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and remove the bay leaves.
  • Serve over rice.
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