Thursday, January 3, 2008

Happy New Year!

Did you eat your black eyed peas? I made U.S Senate Bean Soup and used black eyed peas for the beans. It was yummy and now we'll have good luck in 2008!

My sister in law Erin is my source for this recipe. It is a staple in our house in the winter (and on election night). It is perfect for using up the extra meat when we've had a ham or a pork roast.

U.S. Senate Bean Soup
Yield: About 6 cups
(This soup has been on the U.S. Senate restaurant menu since 1901.)

Pick over, rinse and soak:
1 1/4 Cups small dried white beans, such a navy or pea

Drain and place in a soup pot along with:
7 cups cold water
1 small ham hock

Bring to a boil, reduce the heat , and simmer until the beans are tender, about 1 1/2 hours. Remove the ham hock. Discard the bone, skin and fat; dice the meat. Return the meat to pot along with:
1 large onion, diced
3 medium celery stalks with leaves, chopped
1 large potato, peeled and finely diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. ground black pepper

Simmer until the potatoes are quite soft, 20-30 minutes. Remove from heat and mash with a potato masher until soup is a bit creamy.


Salem said...

We are in for Mexico next year. Just a reminder, everyone needs a passport now, even to drive over.

Erin said...

mmmm, i love us senate bean soup. i've never heard that black eyed peas bring good luck!

R-Eight said...

I had never heard of it either until Paul was in the army. I just looked it up and it is a southern thing.

I love stuff like that so we've had it the last 2 or 3 years.

Mom in Mendon said...

Liz and Jared served Senate Bean Soup after Henry's baby blessing. Along with a great spinach salad, sandwiches, super cookies. Yummy.