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Portuguese Beans

1 lb small dried pink beans or 1 lb cranberry beans
2 smoked ham hocks
1 tablespoon olive oil
14 lb smoked bacon, diced
1 large yellow sweet onion, chopped
6 garlic cloves, minced
6 ounces tomato paste
12 teaspoon ground cumin
14 teaspoon allspice
salt & freshly ground black pepper


Rinse beans in cold water and soak overnight according to package directions (this is what prevents the gas sometimes associated with beans). Next day, drain beans and place in large stockpot or Dutch oven, covering with cold water; add tomato paste, spices, and ham hocks and cook, on low heat. Meanwhile, in a skillet, add oil, bacon, onions, and garlic and cook until slightly browned; add to beans. Cook for 4 hours, stirring occasionally (add water as needed to keep beans covered).

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