A magical concoction of red beans, smoked ham hocks, herbs and vegetables. Lot’s of ingredients but all in one pot and it simmers away for hours and the house smells divine!
• 1 lb dried red beans
• 2 smoked ham hocks
• 2 quarts of water
• 1 large onion, chopped
• 1 stalk of celery, chopped
• 1 small green pepper, chopped
• 4 cloves garlic, minced
• 3 bay leaves
• 1/2 cup chopped parsley
• 2 thyme sprigs
• 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
• 1 tsp sugar
• 1/2 tsp dried oregano
• 1- 14 oz can whole tomatoes, drained and chopped up
• 1 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
• 3 tsp salt
• 3 -4 chopped green onions for garnish
Soak dried beans overnight in a large bowl of water (in the refrigerator) Drain the beans and put them in a large heavy pot with the ham hocks, adding enough cold water to cover, about 2 quarts.
Add the onion, celery, green pepper, garlic, bay leaves, parsley, thyme, cayenne, sugar, oregano, tomatoes, Worcestershire and salt, stir to combine.
Simmer, uncovered, until the beans are very tender, about 3 hours or so. Stir the beans occasionally to prevent burning. If beans appear too dry towards the end, add about 1/2 cup or so of water. Discard the thyme stems and the bay leaves.
Mash about 1 cup of the cooked beans against the side of the pot with a wooden spoon and add salt and cayenne if needed.
Ladle into bowls over white rice and garnish with green onions. Enjoy!