The standard Neil is out of town fare.
( I don't like corned beef and cabbage )
I get so many requests for how I do beans, since I do them so very often. As a rule I do them vegan, but had a ham bone tonight.
- Two Pounds Small White Beans, soaked over night
- Onion, Celery, Carrot, Garlic . I had a green pepper so I used it, if you had some fennel, yum. Fresh Rosemary and Bay
A step most folks don't do, and if you are in a hurry, you do not have too, but brown your left over ham in a little olive oil. You are basically making a water based soup, so you need to build some flavor. Not long, and not on too high of a temp, just get some brown bits on the bottom of the pan
A few minutes in , add a couple of diced onions, keep cooking for 10 min or so, get some real color and depth of flavor to your onions, then add your garlic - a lot for this dish - 6/7 cloves , cook for a couple of min. If you are not using meat, do the onions and garlic for a bit before adding everything else - it makes a real difference.
just dump everything else in.
No chili in this dish.
A little red pepper flake and black pepper - but not too much, these are not spicy beans
Tie your rosemary and bay, just saves some time, if I would have had fresh thyme I would have used it, but just went with a good amount, 2 tbl? dried
Cover everything in water and just let it go - hour/hour and a half.
DO NOT ADD your salt till near the end, and start off with much less than you think you need, taste - and add if you need too, but you can never know what is going to cook out of your ham
Top your bowl with olive oil and more black pepper!