Before making ham and beans, I really didn’t realize how easy it truly was. I wasn’t going to share the recipe, but I thought maybe I wasn’t the only one who didn’t realize how easy it was! So, I am going to share my recipe… it tasted just like mom’s. Serve it with hot cornbread and enjoy.
- 1 bag dried Northern beans
- 6-7 cups water
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 lb ham hocks
- 1 onion, quartered
- 3 teaspoons garlic powder, or to taste
- Rinse beans and pick over, checking for bad beans and/or stones.
- Place in crock pot, covered with 6-7 cups water. Leave in refrigerator overnight.
- In morning, add onion and ham hocks. Cook in crockpot on low for 8-10 hours, or until beans are tender.
- Remove onions and discard. Shred ham from ham hocks. Add ham back to crockpot and discard bones.
- Season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste.
- Serve with corn bread and onions for garnish.
Whenever we have cornbread, it usually brings up a crazy conversation. How do you eat YOUR cornbread? Growing up, my mom (Nana) would butter hers and eat it like a roll with her meal. My dad and I would crumble ours into a bowl, add just enough milk to make it moist, and sprinkle a bit of sugar on top. Then, we’d eat it with a spoon. When I met Don, he thought it was the weirdest thing ever. Do you eat your cornbread weird? Share in the comments!