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I ate a lot of white beans growing up. There is nothing better than an old fashion pot of white beans and a piece of buttery cornbread. I will show you how easy are delicious they are to make.
My Aunt Dot
My dad’s sister, my Aunt Dot, still tells this story about me and beans. She was watching me, my oldest brother, and younger brother when I was three years old while my mother was at the hospital having my youngest sister. My aunt was in the kitchen fixing a pot of white beans, and I was extremely polite trying to talk her out of fixing the beans. I was saying things like “Aunt Dot, You do not have to go to so much trouble fixing those beans for me.” I am impressed that I was this smart at three years old.
The truth was that I did like the beans because we ate them so often; I was hoping to have something different. Today, I do not eat them as often, but when I do, I enjoy them. They are incredibly delicious and comforting. Sometimes, all I want for dinner is a bowl of white beans and a piece of melt in your mouth cornbread.
Tips for Fixing Southern White Beans
When I fix these beans in my cast-iron stock pot, I let them simmer for 2 hours or until they are tender. This is a great recipe to prepare in a slow cooker too. If you are preparing these beans in the crock-pot, allow them to cook 10 to 12 hours on low and 5 to 6 hours on high for them to get tender. Once the beans are tender, remove the bay leaves and the ham bone.
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Southern White Beans
- 16 ounces dried navy beans cover with water and soak the beans overnight8 cups of water - The water should cover the beans about an inch
- 1 onion chopped
- One ham bone - I like to use a Country Ham bone or a Honey Ham Bone. Both of these ham bones are great. You can also use bacon or a ham hock.
- 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 2 bay leaves remove before serving the beans
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
- COOKING BEANS IN DUTCH OVEN
- Add the water and the ham bone and bring it to a boil.
- Combine the beans, onions, and seasonings.
- Cover and simmer for 2 hours until beans are tender.
- If you are eating the beans as a side dish, you may not want to add additional water when it evaporates. If you are eating them as soup, add additional water as it evaporates.
- COOKING WHITE BEANS IN SLOW COOKER
- After soaking the beans overnight, rinse them well.
- Add the ham bone, beans, onions, and seasonings.
- Cook on high 5 hours.
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