Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Congressional Bean some history!

Did you know that Bean Soup has been on the menu of the Senate's restaurant everyday for around 100 years?  Did you know that they have had a candy desk since is located in the back row on the Republican side...which is the door where most Senators enter the chambers.  Such a rich history.  Bean Soup and Candy.

This soup is delicious.  My pickiest eater had two bowls, but then again we are a bean eating family.

  • 2 lbs. navy beans, picked through and rinsed
  • 1 sweet onion, diced
  • 4 celery stalks, washed and diced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 t. salt plus more to taste
  • 1/2 t. fresh ground pepper
  • 3/4 lb. smoked ham hocks
  • 10+ c. water
Pick yucky stuff out of beans and rinse them thoroughly. Place beans, celery, onion, bay leaf, salt, pepper and ham hock in crock pot. Cover with 10 cups water. Cook on low for 8 to 9 hours. About one hour before serving, remove ham hocks.  If you like it soupy you can add more water at this point (that is what I did).  Stir around and then taste for salt.  Salt to taste at this point and continue cooking until ready to serve.  Delicious, frugal, simple. Serve with warm Honey Cornbread.

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