Now before I get too far into this I must admit; I love to cook. Yeah, I'm a guy, and I cook. I'm confident I cook fairly well, perhaps even
gourmande' quality, but I have a good teacher (my wife who is a classically trained French and certified Culinary graduate and Chef) though I've
always loved to cook. I digress.
Sometimes the simplest things are the best sometimes. Take some great northern beans and throw them in a pot with some ham hocks and leftover country
smoked ham pieces, finely chopped onions, salt and pepper...simmer the whole thing on low for a while and the results are, well, just a "conspiracy"
they're so good!
So, I'm convinced there are other forces at work with what I call the "Bean Soup Conspiracy".
Many years ago I read a story, by a great comedy author, who alleged that you could make soup with a plain old rock on the side of the road. I must
say, I love
soup! Just about any kind of soup. It's one of my favorite things. Ever since reading that story as a kid I've often
thought about picking up a rock and just trying it.
Many people walk through the grocery store and walk right by the section with the dried beans in it. "Too hard, too long...too much prep seems to be
the body language". Personally, I have a hard time passing that section without grabbing a couple bags knowing I can make sumthin' good from them.
The wife scolding me about the fact we have probably a half a ton of beans already at the house doesn't deter me.
People say, "oh, but the gas!". Actually, if cooked properly, beans don't give you gas. I have problems with gas, so I make sure they're cooked
properly! Beans are a great source of fiber and protein. They're also low in calories, chocked full of vitamins and good for you. And, as an added
bonus they're portable and very storable. Again, I digress.
The bottom line here is this; as I sit here and look out my back door with 4 feet of snow piled up against it and the two dogs laying near the
fireplace, a nice bowl of smokey bean soup with ham in it just warms my soul.
And so what is the recipe?
(1) 16oz (.5kg) package of great northern (white) dry beans.
(6) cups water
(2-3) nice smoked ham hocks
(1/2) yellow onion, finely diced
coarse groung fresh black pepper
(oh, and whatcha'got meat scraps)
So, here's the "hard" part (just kidding...it's idiot proof)
The bean package will have all these complicated instructions about soaking them overnight and then picking thrugh them, then boiling them for 16.37
minutes and all this jazz...screw all that!
Just throw the dry beans, ham hocks and ham in a crockpot, dump in the water, add the onions, about a tsp of salt and a good amount of black pepper.
Turn the crockpot on high for about 5 hours and be ready with a good spoon that won't melt at high speeds (because it's going to take a slo-mo camera
to catch it standing still when you taste this)
That is all.
P.S. You can use bacon too. Cooked, or raw, doesn't matter.
P.S.S. And if you really want to see how truly good this is...just walk outside your house for about 10 minutes and go shovel some snow or something,
then walk back in and smell how absolutely good it is!!
edit on 2/21/2013 by Flyingclaydisk because: whatcha'got