Ask a northerner (yank) what food defines southern cooking and I’d betcha ten biscuits that fried chicken would be somewhere in their answer. But to me a true staple is white beans (served with cornbread, fried taters and sliced onion of course). An added blessing is that they are so incredibly easy!
Diced ham, ham bone or pork salt
My brother smoked a ham for Christmas and I saved the bone to use, these were the best beans that I’d ever made! Otherwise I typically use pork salt.
1 small to medium bag of Great Northern Beans
1. Combine all ingredients in the crockpot. If you are using a bone place it in first.
2. Using hot water fill your crockpot until the water is about two or three inches above the beans.
3. The longer the beans cook, the better they taste. I cook mine on high for four to six hours because I usually forget to put them on when I wake up. Ideally, cook them on low for at least eight hours. Check on them periodically to make sure you don’t get low on water. The beans will burn and stink up your entire house causing you to frantically run throughout the house throwing open the windows, lighting candles and spraying febreeze in an attempt not to let your husband know what a fool you are. Then you’ll end up with something like fried bologna sandwiches or Ramen Noodles for dinner. Not that I’m speaking from experience or anything.
4. Add salt & pepper to taste. I am to salt what Paula Deen is to butter so shake away! In the end they should look like this:
5. Cook yer sides (cornbread n fried taters), slice yer onion, plate & chow down!
Do you have any scrumptious twists? Let me know!