Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Bean Soup with Salt Pork

Today Byron woke up on his day off and decided he had a hankering for bean soup. SO..... he made some and it was very yummy! He doesn't use recipes, he cooks as he goes and this is what he wrote down (at my request) after the fact. He looks in the pantry and at our plethora of spices and puts things together.

We served it with Bethany's Grandmother's Cornbread (which I'll post soon, with full credit to Bethany (and her grandmother).  I had the marvelous cornbread. Byron had a slice of soda bread. Both from the freezer.

Bean Soup

1 pound salt pork
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon granulated garlic
1/2 teaspoon red pepper
1 tablespoon dried jalapenos
12 cups water
3 cups ham stock (or chicken stock, etc. we happened to have ham stock in the freezer from when we had a big ham a few months ago and made stock out of the bone/scraps)
2 bags beans (today it was small white beans)
4 bay leaves

cook salt pork till crisp
add spices, cook 2 minutes
add water, stock, beans cook a few hours till done. Covered.

makes about 12 servings at about 2 cups per serving.

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