Pinto Beans With Ham Hocks

Course : Beans
Serves: 8
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1 pound dried pinto beans
2 medium ham hocks
1 small onion -- chopped
2 tablespoons salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon sugar
1 clove garlic -- crushed

Preparation / Directions:

1. Soak the beans overnight in the refrigerator in enough cold water to cover by 4 inches. Drain them well. 2. Combine the beans, ham hocks, onion, salt, pepper, sugar, and garlic in a large saucepot. 3. Cover with water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to simmering and cook, covered, until the bean are tender, about 45 minutes. 4. Check the seasoning and serve the beans hot.

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