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Black Bean Soup with Ham Hock Dumplings

Source: From Emeril's Kitchens by Emeril Lagasse
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  10 Servings
When I moved to New Orleans, I was introduced to and immediately fell in love with those things called ham hocks. I think you could put them in the laundry and they still would taste good! Being a huge fan of black beans and Latin American cooking, I decided to combine them for a unique flavor.
RECIPE INGREDIENTS
4 ham hocks (10 to 12 ounces each)
1 cup chopped yellow onions
1/2 cup chopped carrots
1/2 cup chopped celery
6 quarts water
1 pound dried black beans, rinsed and picked over
1 1/2 tablespoons chopped canned chiles in adobo sauce
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 large egg beaten
1/4 cup beer
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
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DIRECTIONS
1. Combine the ham hocks, onions, carrots, celery, and water in a large pot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until the meat starts to fall from the bones, about 1 1/2 hours. Strain the stock through a colander into a clean pot. Set the ham hocks aside.


2. Add the black beans, chiles, cumin, and chili powder to the stock and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and cook at a brisk simmer until the beans are tender, about 1 1/2 hours. Add 1/2 teaspoon of the salt during the last 5 minutes of cooking.


3. While the beans are cooking, remove the meat from the ham hocks and coarsely chop. Reserve 1/2 cup of the meat and add the rest to the black beans.


4. When the beans are nearly done, combine the 1/2 cup reserved meat with the flour, egg, beer, baking powder, and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt in a bowl. Mix to make a dough. To form the dumplings, drop the dough by the tablespoonful on top of the soup. You should have 10 dumplings. Cover and cook until the dumplings are set, 2 to 3 minutes.


5. To serve, spoon 1 dumpling into each soup bowl and ladle about 1 cup of soup over it.


Recipe reprinted by permission of Harper 2009. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 06/08/2009
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Rating: 5
by: Pat Reviewed: 04/17/2011
Emeril's black bean soup
orgasmic! wonderful soup! all the right ingredients. Emeril can marry me anytime if he'll cook for me like this. Earthy, satisfying, interesting flavours.
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