Brazen Black Beans and Ham

Serves 8 to 10

1 pound dried black beans, rinsed and picked over
3 medium onions, coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
3-4 ham hocks or 1 whole smoked turkey drumstick
1 bottle Silver Palate Asian Stir Fry Sauce
3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup hoisin sauce (available at most supermarkets or Asian markets)
Chopped cilantro leaves or parsley, for garnish


This is a terrific variation on black beans with lots of style. These beans are great in baked potatoes instead of chili. Or fill a spaghetti squash with them. The magic ingredient is Silver Palate Asian Stir Fry Sauce Put beans in a large pot with 8 cups of water. Bring to a boil, remove from heat and let stand 1 hour. Sauté onions in olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat until tender, stirring occasionally. Set aside. Drain beans, rinse well, return to pot with 6 cups water, ham hocks or turkey, Asian Stir Fry Sauce, Worcestershire and hoisin sauces, and onions. Bring to a boil, then lower heat to a simmer, cover and cook until beans are just tender, about 1-1/2 hours. Uncover and simmer 30 minutes longer, until liquid has reduced slightly. Remove meat and discard bones. Chop coarsely and return to beans. Serve garnished with cilantro.

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