Beans and Ham Hocks

Recipe from Midwest Living
Beans and Ham Hocks
4 to 6
15 mins
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  • 1 1/4 cups dried pinto or Great Northern beans (8 oz.)
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 small smoked ham hocks (about 8 oz. each)
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
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This is a perfect side for an outdoor picnic and is high in protein while staying low in fat. Pinto beans are also inexpensive when you buy the dried version. Try this simple recipe the next time you are in need of an easy side dish.

Rinse beans. In a large saucepan, combine beans and 3 cups of the water. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer for 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Cover and let stand for 1 hour. Drain beans and return to saucepan.
Add the remaining 3 cups water, ham hocks and butter to beans. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until beans are tender, adding more water, if necessary, and stirring occasionally.
Remove ham hocks; cool slightly. Remove meat from ham hocks; chop meat. Stir chopped meat and salt into beans. Cover and cook for 5 to 10 minutes more or until heated through. Makes 4 to 6 servings.

nutrition information

Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 256, Fat, total (g) 5, chol. (mg) 18, sat. fat (g) 2, carb. (g) 37, Monounsaturated fat (g) 2, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 0, Trans fatty acid (g) 0, fiber (g) 9, sugar (g) 1, pro. (g) 16, vit. A (IU) 48.59, vit. C (mg) 4.72, Thiamin (mg) 0.55, Riboflavin (mg) 0.17, Niacin (mg) 1.38, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0.37, Folate (g) 310.45, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (g) 0.12, sodium (mg) 477, Potassium (mg) 878, calcium (mg) 80.77, iron (mg) 3.24, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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