Yes, Another Ham and Bean Soup- With A Yummy Twist
Before I get into today’s recipe, I must tell you that I love blogging! My first blog was posted just under 2 months ago. I have had so much fun pouring things I love and think into each post.
Today I was looking over comments you have so kindly left (each comment is a cherished gift!!!!!) and found my wonderful Son, Christopher (Tut, nickname- long story) had left 2 encouraging comments. He is 6 hours away in Seminary and I don’t get to see him nearly as often as I like. So reading them was not only a surprise, but an extraordinary gift. (Tears, and sobbing and sniffles) I am VERY blessed to have a sweet Son and very blessed to be meeting so many LOVELY people in bloggland! Thank you! Just wanted you to know.
Now … Today’s recipe is one that everyone probably has, or should have. It is a thick, smokey ham and bean soup recipe. Just dump all the ingredients in your slow cooker. turn it on and voila, 5 hours later you have a hearty and delicious meal. There is one little twist to this recipe that puts it over-the-top- LEMON! This soup appears on my Menu of the Week Post, http://stonegable.blogspot.com/2009/11/sg-menu-for-nov-1-nov-7-2009.html, for Sunday. Check it out.
Squeezing in the juice of 1 lemon does something magical. Give it a try!
Slow Cooker Ham and Bean:
1 pack (1 lb) assorted dried soup beans
2 quarts water,
2 smoked ham hocks
1 large onion, diced
1- 16 oz. can tomatoes
Juice of 1 lemon, pulp too
1 tsp chili powder
pepper to taste
salt to taste
Soak beans in water and 2 TBS salt overnight. Rinse and drain, 2x’s
Put all ingredients in slow cooker and cook for 5-6 hrs on low. (Can cook on stove for 3 hours)
Remove ham hock and shred meat. Put meat in soup.
- If you can’t find ham hocks, use 4 pork chops, 6 slices of bacon and 1 tsp liquid smoke
- Add 1 cup diced carrots
*Toasted Cheese open face sandwiches
*Mexican Explosion Salad ( for recipe see weekly menu blog 11-2-09)http://stonegable.blogspot.com/2009/11/sg-menu-for-nov-1-nov-7-2009.html
Recipe can be doubled and frozen.
I am participating in Foodie Friday @ Designs By Gollum, oh so yummy!!!!! Go see.