Beans and Greens Monday

I would call this post meatless Monday, but truth be told we got bacon going on! So here is my take on what to do with left over ham bone. My family always called these brown beans, some people may call it bean soup. Either way YUM!

This is great on a cold day, and while we are having unusually warm weather here  (about 65 degrees) it is still gonna be good.

Ingredients

  • 1 left over ham hock (aka bone)
  • bag of dried pinto beans
  • small onion chopped
  • 6-8 slices of bacon
  • bag of greens (I used mustard this time)
  • S&P to taste
  • carton of chicken broth

OK so start with your dried beans, soak them in cold water over night.

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Drain and put into stock pot. Add in chopped onion, S&P to taste, and ham bone. cover all of it with enough water to be about 2 inches above beans.

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Put lid on and bring to boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer a good 4 hours. Every once in a while come in and stir the pot. My momma told me that this is the secret to having  thicker type gravy with them because you break open the beans a little each time you stir.

In another pot, add your cut up bacon and render most of the fat from it. Once it has started cooking nicely add in onions. Once bacon has got most of fat rendered, toss in your bag of greens (I used prewashed and cut this time, it was on sale and is easier). Add in about half of carton of chicken stock, try and stir it a bit (maybe difficult). Cover and let it come to good strong simmer, then stir, reduce heat to low and let cook at least two hours. You can add a bit more S&P if you want to as well.

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Options: My hubbs likes to add bbq sauce to his brown beans, I like more onion, butter, crumbled blue cheese, hot sauce, and of course good corn bread!

For the greens if you want to add some heat throw in dash or two of cayenne pepper.

I mix my greens in with my beans too!!!!!

ENJOY!!!

 

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