Start this recipe first because it takes a long time before the
beans cook down! We used a crock pot on high and it took about
5 hours. This New Orleans recipe was traditionally made on wash
day. Before washing machines and hot water heaters, the women
in the family would boil huge pots of water on the stove or in
the yard over fires to be able to have enough hot water to scrub
all their family's clothes. They would put a extra pot of water
on to boil the beans, giving them an occasional stir between loads
- 1 pound of dried kidney beans - soaked overnight in 8 cups
- 6-8 cups of fresh water
- 1 large onion - chopped
- 4 cloves of garlic - finely chopped
- 1 large smoked ham hock or 1 pound of smoked turkey necks
- 2 cups of diced ham or 1 package chicken andouille sausage
- 2 teaspoons dried thyme
- A bay leaf
- A little adult help
- Measuring spoons and cups
- A heavy bottomed soup pot or crock pot
- A wooden spoon
- Drain the soaked kidney beans.
- Put beans in a heavy pot - we used a crock pot.
- Cover the beans with the fresh water.
- Put the lid on the crock pot and turn the heat to high. Boil
the beans for 45 - 60 minutes, making sure they are covered
with water the whole time.
- Next, take the lid off the pot. Add all the other ingredients
into the pot and boil, boil, boil for another 3 hours.
- Have your mom or whoever is helping you take the bone out
of the pot and cut up the meat. If you are using turkey necks
there will be a lot of little bones so have your adult helper
pull the bones out before the meat falls off them.
- Return just the meat to the pot and continue to cook the beans
until they are creamy.