RED BEANS AND RICE - my own recipe

Category: CAJUN
Serves: 6


1/2 Pound red beans, small
1/2 Pound ham hocks or smoked ham
1 Large yellow onion, peeled and chopped
3 celery stalks, chopped
1 Tblsp parsley, chopped
1/2 green pepper, chopped
2 bay leaves
3 Large garlic cloves, crushed
1/8 Pound butter or margarine
pepper, to taste
1 1/4 Tblsp Worcestershire sauce
tabasco, to taste
salt, to taste
3 Cup white rice, cooked

Soak the beans overnight in water to cover. Drain and place in a heavy kettle. Add the ham,onion,celery,parsley, bay leaves, and garlic, and add water to the pot barely to cover contents. Bring to a boil, and then turn to simmer. Simmer uncovered for 2 hours. You may need to add a little water to keep from sticking.
After the first 2 hours of cooking, add the butter, pepper, Worcestershire, and tabasco to the pot. Cover and cook on very low heat for 1 more hour.
Serve over white rice.