A perfect marriage of common day ingredients with elevated ingredients
Keyword Red Beans & Rice with Smoked Ham Hocks
Prep Time 5minutes
Cook Time 4hours
Total Time 4hours
Author Steven Pennington
16OunceSmall Red Beans
1Large Onionsmall dice
1Medium/Large PoblanoOr Bell Pepper
4Stalks of Celery
2Cupsof Beef Stock
Optional Beef Femur Bones
Recipe For Rice Below
Rinse Beans off under cold water & wash vegetables
The Holy Trinity (Onion, Celery Bell Pepper)
Make small chop/dice, Onions, Celery Poblano(or Bell Pepper)
In a small pot, sweat the vegetables and allow them to start releasing their natural water. It's good to add a little color, small amount browning to the vegetables. Equals more flavor. Also, browning the butter a little bit is nice. But be careful not to burn the butter. Butter has milk solids in it and can ruin the dish with the flavor of burnt milk. Brown the butter over medium heat. Then transfer the cooked vegetables to a large stock pot the Red Beans will also be cooked in.
Then add the Hamhocks-
Beef bones & Garlic-
Beef stock and Water-
Cover with lid and bring to a boil. If you're using a bunch of beef bones, watch the surfaces after boiling for impurities and scrap them off. After the boil lower to very low, keep covered for 3 to 4 plus hours.
After 2 plus hours, the beans will be soft to the touch. The longer cooking time is for the hammocks to soften and release the meat from the bone. Think of it like braising pot roast. Longer is usually better in the way of softness. The beans are a natural thinking agent. If you would like the soup to be thicker the trick is to smash the beans against the side of the pot. The split beans will mix with the stock and water and thicken. This is a traditional method.
Always best to follow the label on the package.
If you're cooking basmati rice, which is long grain rice(traditional)
Cup of rice
One & 3/4 Cup of water.
Bring to the boil and reduce to low heat.
Cook covered for 20 to 25 minutes on low heat.
Restaurant Quality Red Beans & Rice w/Smoked Ham Hocks