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No-pressure Ham 'n Beans

Woman's World 10/13/98

Servings: 8


Ham and Beans


It takes only 15 minutes to fix this pressure-cooker dish!  Flavored with smoky ham and served with a spicy-tart relish, it's a delicious way to pack in more than half of your daily fiber requirement!



2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
2 large onion, chopped
3 celery ribs, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
  pound dried pinto beans, rinsed
1 large smoked ham hocks
1 bay leaf
teaspoon pepper, divided
1 pint cherry tomatoes, diced
1 small red onion, diced
3 tablespoons jalapeno peppers - pickled and drained, diced
2 teaspoons cider vinegar

Cooking Method

In uncovered pressure cooker heat 1 Tbs.  oil over medium-high heat. 

  1. Add onion, celery and garlic; cook until vegetables soften, 6-8 minutes. 

  2. Add 6 cups water, beans, ham hock, bay leaf and 1/2 tsp. pepper.

  3. Bring to a boil, skimming off foam. 

  4. Cover with pressure cooker lid. 

  5. Over high heat bring cooker to pressure according to manufacturer's directions. 

  6. Reduce heat to medium; cook, maintaining pressure, 1 hour, 15 minutes.

  7. Remove from heat; release pressure according to directions. 

For relish...

  1. In bowl combine tomatoes, onion, jalapeno, vinegar and remaining oil and pepper. 

  2. Remove meat form ham hock, discarding bone and skin; return meat to beans. 

  3. Top each serving with relish.

Serve with cornbread.

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