Black Bean Soup #2

Black Bean Soup #2 Category Beans and Grains 
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Ingredients And Procedures

1 lb Black beans

1 1/2 lb Slab bacon or 2 smoked

-ham hocks (1 1/2 to 2 lb) 8 c Water

2 ts Celery salt

2 c Chicken/beef broth

1 1/2 tb Olive oil

1 1/2 c Finely chopped seeded

-cored green peppers 1 1/2 c Finely chopped onions

1 1/2 tb Finely minced

-garlic 1 ts Ground cumin

1 cn (19-oz) tomatoes peeled

-diced with juice about -2 1/2 cups 1/4 c Red wine vinegar

2 tb Finely chopped fresh

-coriander optional 1 ea Sieved hard cooked egg

Place beans, bacon or ham hocks, water and celery salt in heavy kettle. Bring to boil; cover and simmer about 2 1/2 hours or until beans are thoroughly tender. Remove bacon or ham hocks; set aside. Drain beans and reserve along with meat and cooking liquid. There should be about 6 cups of beans and 4 cups of liquid. Add enough broth to make 6 cups liquid. Combine the beans with liquid in large bowl. Heat oil in heavy kettle; add peppers, onions, garlic and cumin. Cook, stirring, until onions are wilted. Add tomatoes and vinegar. Let simmer about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, remove and discard skin from bacon, or

skin and bones from ham hocks. Chop ham; set aside. Add beam mixture to cooked tomato mixture. Add chopped meat and coriander. Simmer until thoroughly heated. Serve in soup bowls; garnish with sieved hard cooked egg, if desired.

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