Hominy Bean Soup

- none of the measurements have to be very exact -

mix together in a big pot:

- about 1 cup of dried lima beans -- washed,
      or mix in kidney beans and black beans
- 1 can (approx. 14 or 16 oz) of white hominy
- 1 can (approx. 14 oz) cut okra
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- add water (or soup stock) to cover

- either 3 or 4 bouillon cubes and about a tablespoon of butter
      or other fat, or stock, or miso,
- about 1/2 pound fried bacon, broken into chunks
      and however much of the fat from the pan as you'd like
      (decide between: fat is calories vs fat is flavor)

add some chopped collards, spinach, celery or green pepper.
or, use canned beans, for a shorter cooking time.
or, use yellow hominy.
if you use fresh okra (about 1 cup), add 1 tsp or so of vinegar, to approximate the more acidic flavor of canned okra.

let simmer about one hour, or until the beans are tender, stirring now and then, and adding water if it gets too thick or dried out.

season with pepper and salt if desired, although it might be salty from the bacon or bouillion cubes aleady.

makes about 6 or 8 servings.

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last update: May 15, 1999