Ok I've still been busy with family matters but knew I was gonna have some time today. Once again I need to make stuff to get me through the week & I told Foam that I would make something for him with the ham hocks that I smoked so here I go...
I got into my bean stash last night & put some red & black beans to soak.
Today I got a piece of my Hot Italian sausage & a piece of smoked Andouille out of the freezer.
I cut them up
& started to cook them in the bottom of a kettle.
I got them browned up really good & cooked through then removed them & saved for later. I made sure to let all the awesomeness stay in the bottom
Moving along I cut up some onion
pepper & garlic.
I put them all in the bottom of the kettle with the flavor from the browned sausage.
I added a wee bit of oil (less than a Tbsp) & let them cook till they cleared up.
At this point I added roughly a pint of my chicken stock to the mix
& got out one of the ham hocks I smoked.
Some spices were calling to me so I added them,
the ham hock,
& the red beans I had soaked.
I brought it to a nice boil then turned it down to a simmer.
As the initial foam came to the top I got rid of it then left things go stirring from time to time...
With the first soup going I took another hock I smoked & put it in a pot along with some carrots, celery, onion, garlic, bay leaves, all spice berries, salt, thyme & various peppercorns...
Next I chopped up more onion, pepper & garlic
& put it in a different kettle with another hock
& the black beans I soaked.
I found this olive oil which I really, really like so I added a bit of it for flavor to this batch...
After the oil I added salt, pepper & water & put it on the stove to start.
I added water to my pot & got it on the stove as well.
& here is everything all going nicely now - at this point the whole house is starting to smell great!