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Ham Hocks and Beans Recipe February 18, 2012

Filed under: American — lifeatwarpspeed @ 7:03 pm

This is Emeril Lagasse’s recipe that I started making this winter. Since P decided to start eating according the Four Hour Body Diet (similar to the paleo diet that a lot of people are following these days), I have started cooking a lot more beans and lentils to accommodate his diet.  It is super easy to make and delicious. I actually opt to only use half the ham hocks, and it turns out fine. I also substitute cannellini beans if I can’t find navy white beans. Also, try adding some creole seasonings to add some more flavor. This is a very satisfying dish when it is cold out.



  • 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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