Ham Hock and Beans

Total Time:
2 hr 20 min
5 min
2 hr 15 min

8 to 10 servings

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 8 medium smoked ham hocks, about 4 ounces each
  • 2 cups chopped onions
  • 1 pound dried navy white beans
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 10 cups water
  • Salt

In a medium Dutch oven with a lid, over medium heat, add the oil. When the oil is hot, sear the ham hocks in batches, until brown, about 4 to 6 minutes. Remove the ham hock and set aside. Add the onions. Season with pepper. Saute for 2 minutes. Stir in the beans and bay leaves. Season with pepper. Saute for 1 minute. Add the reserved ham hocks and water. Bring to a boil and reduce the heat to medium low and simmer for 2 hours, or until the meat falls of the bone and the beans are creamy. Remove the bay leaves and season with salt and pepper.

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    I made this recipe a little different not long ago. Try BBQ the ham hocks for 20 minutes ( turning 10 minutes each side). It will acquire a most smoked flavor, and instead of water try vegetable, chicken, or beef both instead of water. Enjoy!!
    This recipe called for too much water, took more than 4 hrs to cook. My family grew up on beans on Tuesday and we always soaked overnite. My dad cooked the best beans, that's why our family still enjoy them today.
    It has a great taste. Sautéing the onion and beans first made a delicious stronger taste.
    Excellant recipe. Like Lovefood said, it is SO EASY that yes I didn't even mess it up. Ya Really no need for the salt tho.
    Loved this recipe and received raved reviews from family and friends. So easy that even I didn't mess it up.
     I used the leftover ham bone after Thanksgiving and added a ham steak for extra meat. Added salt like the recipe called for but I don't think I need it next time. Ham is naturally salty already.
    Love this. I've made it several times and am waiting on the current batch to finish cooking. I can't find ham hocks in my area very often. I use ham shanks as a substitute.
    if you decide to cook this in the crockpot be advised that the water you add is greatly recuced , there was a review that did not include that important little fact other the that I think it is great
    Simple and tasty.
    The best ever. Can't go wrong with only 7 ingredients. Don't bother wasting good garlic in this. It has all the flavor it needs. I didn't even have to add salt. I used lard to sear the hocks instead of veggie oil, and made some lard cornbread. Ended up cookin the whole thing for approx 8 hours. Too awesome!  
    Make sure all the marrow from the hocks gets in your soup or spread on some bread. That stuff is some of the best stuff on earth! I just ***** it out of the bone like the bone is a straw...haha. I'm sure that sounds gross, but that good marrow would never have been wasted when our grandmothers were in charge. Get to know the animals y'all are cookin with yalls!
    This is my staple beans and ham hocks recipe, except that I sear some salt pork in the oil before adding the onions.
    Wonderful recipe, although I added 6 minced garlic cloves, just because I like garlic.
    I came across this exact pic and recipe at this link http://whatscookintew.blogspot.com/2009/10/ham-hock-and-beans.html
      seemed odd. I have a very good memory for pictures, that's what caught my eye. Too easy to copy stuff I guess..........
    I soaked he beans overnight in chicken broth. I threw everything in the crockpot early in the morning and let it simmer on low all day. I did us creole seasoning and added celery & bell pepper. I added some green onion (tops) chopped up about an hour before I served it. Oh, and also added some andouille sausage because my husband loves it, but it would have been awesome without. I've had alot of awesome white beans in my lifetime (staple in Louisiana), and this recipe is authentic for South Louisiana folks. Thanks!
    This is a wonderfull cold winter day meal. I like to add a little bacon for flavor and at the end toss in some fried potatoes for more flavor and filling.
    The hardest part about this recipe is chopping the onion. If you can manage that, and have mastered turning on your stove, you are good to go with this gem.
     I had some left over ham from the holidays and decided I had better use it up (leftover whole ham, no ham hock required), so I browned as directed and 2 hours later my wife and I were simply amazed with the flavor this dish produces.
     I can see where going half and half with chicken stock & water would "kick it up a notch".
     I won't even bother looking for another ham & beans recipe. This is easily the best I've had, and is sure to become a winter staple at our house.
    I used a whole leftover ham hock and found I needed more beans b/c there was so much ham. Wonderful and even better the next day!
    ....Wow! We oh soooo loved this recipe. A keeper. I'll never try another. :)
    This dish was easy to prepare. I used left over ham from a previous evening. I added the gelatin from the ham with the water for extra flavor and put the bone in while cooking the beans. Good flavor and it was a hit.
    This recipe is easy and very tasty. I will make this many times.
    The men in my family loved this. I did add some chopped ham to it that i had in the freezer to add more meat.
    I enjoyed this recipe and the ease of preparing.
    I made this for a pot luck lunch at work and it was gone within 10 minutes. I did use 1/2 water and 1/2 chicken stock to give it a little more oomph. This dish was the only item completely consumed that day. Easy, filling, delish and perfect for football parties.
     Don't forget the jalapeno cornbread to go with it!
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