Friday, February 17, 2012

Beans-n-Ham and Easy Spoon Bread

Beans-n-Ham have long been a favorite here in the Delta.

During the Great Depression, beans were often served for all three meals. Even though it is a cheap source of protein, there's nothing tastier than a meal of beans, greens, and cornbread.

I was surprised recently when I learned that many younger cooks don't know how to cook a big pot of beans!

With grocery prices going up daily (and sometimes hourly), we had decided that at least one day per week we'd have a meatless--or almost meatless--meal. I had a ham bone left over from Christmas (yes, I'd frozen it), so I decided to cook a big pot of beans with it and share the recipe with my readers.


1 lb. dried beans (I used Pinto)
1 ham bone or ham pieces
1/4-1/2 chopped onion
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
1 hot pepper, whole
or Creole seasoning to taste

Rinse beans in a colander. Look them over and pick out any trash. 
Soak overnight in water and baking soda (1-2 teaspoons)
The next morning, your beans will have doubled in size.
Rinse the beans again.
Place in a heavy large pot the ham or ham bone, beans, and remainder ingredients.
Cover with water.
Cover pot with a lid. 
Bring to a boil. Simmer until done--2-3 hours.
The ham should fall off the bone. When it does, remove the bone but leave the meat. 

Now, wasn't that simple?


Now,  for the Easy Spoon Bread
It's a cross between cornbread and corn pudding.

1-2 tablespoons butter
1 box Jiffy Cornbread Mix
1 can cream corn
2 eggs
A little pepper, to taste

Melt butter. Add cornbread mix, cream corn, eggs, and pepper.
Add enough milk for a thick, pudding-like mixture.
Pour into a greased pan.
Bake at 400 degrees until done in the center and browned around the edges,
approximately 20-30 minutes

Spoon onto plate and add a pat of butter. 


Add some greens or a salad,
 maybe a big slice of onion,
 some "Chow Chow" on the beans, 
and you'll be eating,
as we say,
"high on the hog!"


Marie said...

Make me hungry just lookn at the pictures.

Rosie said...

Tried the spoon bread and loved it. So easy.

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