RECIPES: PINTO BEANS AND CORNBREAD

SLOW COOKER PINTO BEANS

Ingredients
1 pound dry pinto beans
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 pound ham hocks, or 1/4 pound streak o’ lean
4 cups water
1 onion, chopped
House Seasoning, recipe follows

Directions

Wash the beans and soak overnight in cold water. Drain the beans and dump into slow cooker. Stir in chili powder and oregano.

If using ham hock: Pre-soak ham in a separate pot, for at least 2, or refrigerated up to PA1D01_slow-cooker-pinto-beans_s4x324 hours, depending on how salty you want your stock to be. Add ham hock to slow cooker with beans and pour in ham soaking liquid. Add more water until ham hock is completely covered.

If using streak o’ lean: Cut into cubes, brown in a skillet, and place the meat and any rendered fat in the slow cooker with beans. Pour 4 cups water into pot.

Add onion to slow cooker with beans and meat. Stir well. Season, to taste, with House Seasoning, cover the pot, and cook on high until beans are very tender, about 5 hours.

House Seasoning:
1 cup salt

1/4 cup black pepper

1/4 cup garlic powder

Mix ingredients together and store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.

Yield: 1 1/2 cups

CORN BREAD

INGREDIENTS 

1 cup milk
1⁄4 cup butter or 1⁄4 cup margarine, melted
1 large egg
cornbread 21 1⁄4 cups yellow cornmeal or 1 1⁄4 cups white cornmeal or 1 1⁄4 cups blue cornmeal
1 cup all-purpose flour
1⁄2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
you might want to reduce the sugar to 1/3 cup and use 2 egg

DIRECTIONS

Heat oven to 400³F.
Grease bottom and side or round pan, 9×1 1/2 inches, or square pan, 8x8x2 inches, with shortening.
Beat milk, butter and egg in large bowl with hand beater or wire whisk.
Stir in remaining ingredients all at once just until flour is moistened (batter will be lumpy).
Pour into pan.
Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Serve warm if desired.