Good Luck New Year's Ham Hocks


(courtesy of Herb Klemm. Serves 6)

"My family lived in the South for many years," Herb says. "It was tradition to have ham hocks and navy beans New Year's Day. The theory was that with a humble, inexpensive meal served on the first day of the year, the rest of the new year could only get better. We lived in the San Francisco peninsula for many years, so we added a sourdough baguette to accompany the beans."

1 pound dried navy beans

1 large onion, cut into large pieces

6 ham hocks

4 cups water

1 sourdough French bread baguette (optional)

Wash the beans and soak in cold water overnight.

Drain and pour into a slow cooker, then add the ham hocks, onion, and water. Cook for 8 hours or until the beans are tender. Remove the ham hocks and cut the meat from the bones. Discard the bones and return the meat to the crockpot. Serve with pieces of a sourdough baguette.




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