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                           CAJUN BLACK BEAN SOUP
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 Serving Size  : 8    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Soups                            Beans
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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                         Jim Vorheis
    1       lb           Dry black beans
    1 1/2   lb           Smoked ham hock
    1 1/2   qt           Water
      1/4   c            Dried minced onion
    2       tb           Paprika
      1/2   ts           Cayenne pepper
      1/4   c            Minced green bell pepper
    2       tb           Chili powder
    1       t            Salt
      1/2   ts           Ground cumin
   In large kettle, combine beans, ham hock and water.
   Heat to boiling, reduce heat and simmer covered for 2
   to 2 1/2 hours. Stir frequently and add more water if
   necessary to cover beans. To test for doneness, remove
   a few beans from kettle with a slotted spoon and blow
   on them. Skins will pop open when beans are cooked.
   Remove ham hock. Chop meat from bones, discarding fat
   and bones. Add meat to soup. Stir in minced onion,
   paprika, cayenne pepper, green pepper, chili powder,
   salt and cumin. cover and simmer for 1 hour. Remove
   3/4 of soup and puree in blender or processor. Stir
   puree back into remaining beans.  If necessary, add
   water or chicken broth to obtain desired thickness.
   Serve with shredded Monterey Jack cheese, sour cream,
   minced chives or chopped eggs.
   Creme de Colorado Cookbook (1987) From the collection
   of Jim Vorheis
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