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« on: December 13, 2010, 07:38:11 PM »

This is one of our favorites. It is supposedly Cuban as my mother grew up in New Port Richey, FL and claims to have learned the recipe from cubans. It is a simple low cost po' folks dish that can be fancied up but this is the basic recipe.

1lb black turtle beans sorted and rinsed
1lb smoked ham hocks/smoked pork chops/smoked ham (the theme being a smoked pork meat)
2 medium to large onions diced medium
2-3 bell peppers (depending on size) diced
3-4 bay leaves
olive oil
several cloves garlic, this is depending on taste I like to use a whole bulb and as it is a flavorful dish I recommend at least enough cloves to cover the palm of the hand. Minced
Rice

Soak beans overnight or while your at work. Be sure to add water as needed to just cover beans, no more than that. In a large stock pot saute in a little olive oil the onions, garlic, peppers and bay leaves until onions start to clear. Add hocks/meat about halfway through. To this add the beans and soak water all at once, add just enough water to barely cover and bring to a full boil then reduce to low and cook until beans are tender. Season with salt and pepper to taste. optional a dash or two of cayenne pepper.
Serve over prepared rice. Garnish with diced onion and sour cream as desired.
Warning this is a very flavorful dish and even more so on the second day. It can also lead to sleeping on the couch if one has a tendency to pull the covers over people's heads. Wink
Feel free to experiment with different meats. Chorizo sausage is good or peppers, poblanos in moderation are good. Fresh cilantro is nice with this as well.
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