Sunday, March 15, 2009

Mom's Black Beans & Rice

It seems fitting one of the first posts should be about food! Here is a great recipe my mom has been making for years. She fixes it for their potluck every week while vacationing in Florida.

2 pkgs. black beans
1 large onion, chopped
2 small smoked ham hocks
1 small jalapeno pepper, diced (remove seeds first)
1/2 tsp. pepper
4 small garlic cloves, diced
1/2 tsp. Greek seasoning
salt to taste
1/2 tsp baking soda
Minute rice (fix whatever servings you need)

Soak beans overnight in water, to which you add 1/2 teaspoon baking soda. Before cooking, drain and rinse several times. Cook beans and ham hocks in a 3 1/2 quart crock-pot. Add enough water to cover; then add diced onions, garlic and spices. Add more spices as needed to taste. Start crock pot on high, then turn to low, after hocks are cooked. Removed hocks and dice finely, then add to beans. Add more water, if needed. When beans are done, serve over rice. You can also bake some cornbread to serve with the beans. Hot or mild salsa on top, completes the dish. Enjoy!

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