Also known as: What to do with ham hocks in a couple easy steps!

yield : about 10 big servings


  • 1lb dried Navy, Great Northern or Cannelini beans
  • 1 smoked hock
  • 1/4 cup butter (1 stick)
  • 2 cups diced white or yellow onion
  • 1 cup diced carrot
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 4 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme or 2 pinches dried thyme


  •  Cover beans with cold water and soak for 6-8 hours ( overnight )
  • Drain and rinse. Check for rocks. ( for real)
  • Simmer ham hocks in 6-7 cups of water for an hour or two
  • Reserve hock and liquid
  • Heat butter to medium and sauté in this order ; carrots 5min , celery 5 min, onions 5  , garlic and herbs 5 minutes. Stir often! Season with salt and pepper
  • Add beans, hocks, liquid ( maybe 1/2 cup of good brown ale) and simmer for 1-11/2 hours . You are looking for tender beans upon completion . If they are not tender, go a little longer.
  • Remember to taste broth as you go, and season if needed. I think this does well with a good bit of black pepper.
  • Serve with good crusty bread and more of that brown ale
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