Thursday, January 1, 2009

Pinto the crockpot. Happy New Year's!

It's a little family tradition to ring in the New Year w/ beans and greans on New Years Day. I think the REAL southern tradition is technically "supposed" to be black-eyed peas but we opt for Pinto Beans cuz they are waaaaay better in our humble opinion. Then, of course Collards Greens are another which you've already been introduced on W4DD.

We aren't superstitious people, but just for fun and in case you aren't familiar with the tradition, here is what each dish represents:

Beans=health and wealth
Sweet Tea=Good measure for a little taste of heaven :) case you are at a loss with what to have for Din Din tonight...Here you go! It's easy peasy. You have a whole meal...
-Collard Greens
AND NOW, allow me to introduce....


3 c. picked and washed pinto beans
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tbsp. chili powder
2 tbsp. dry minced onion
1/2 lb. diced bacon or 3 tbsp. bacon drippings

Place washed beans in a crock pot and cover with water to within 4 inches from the top. Add salt, pepper, garlic powder, chili powder, and minced onion. Stir to mix. Add bacon and cover. Cook on high for 1 hour and then reduce to low for 4 or more hours. If you are in a hurry, keep on high longer.

Happy New Year!!!!

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