Pinto beans with ham hocks

Yield: 8 Servings

Measure Ingredient
1 pounds Dried pinto beans
2 Ham hocks
1 small Onion; chopped
2 tablespoons Salt
1 teaspoon Freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon Sugar
1 Clove garlic; crushed

1. Soak the beans overnight in the refrigerator in enough cold water to cover by 4 inches. Drain them well.

2. Combine the beans, ham hocks, onion, salt, pepper, sugar, and garlic in a large saucepot. Cover with water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to simmering and cook, covered, until the bean are tender, about 45 minutes. Check the seasoning and serve the beans hot.

NOTES : If you like, remove the meat from the ham hocks, pick it free of fat and gristle, and return it to the beans.

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