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White Beans and Slab Bacon
From Dorothy McNett's Recipe Book at www.dorothymcnett.com. If only the San Benito Cowboys owned pressure cookers for their campfires! This recipe offers two ways to cook...long and slow over a campfire, or quick in today's kitchen with a pressure cooker.
1 pound dry white beans, washed and picked over
If cooking conventionally, soak the beans in 4 cups of water overnight. Next day, drain and discard the soaking water and place the soaked beans, 6 cups of water, onion, garlic, and salt pork or bacon in large stew pot or cast iron kettle. Bring to boil, reduce to simmer and cook, covered, about 1 1/2 - 2 hours or until beans are tender. Drain the beans if there is a lot of liquid remaining unless you wish to serve them more like a soup. If depends so much on the beans as to how much liquid will be left. Remove the bacon and cut into chunks. Set aside. To the beans, add the tomato, salt, and pepper and simmer 10 minutes. In meantime, brown the bacon in a small heavy bottomed skillet. Stir bacon and drippings into the beans. Correct seasoning and serve.
Recipe created 2001-06-25.