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Sherry Flavored Black Bean Soup

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Ingredients
  Dried black beans 1 Pound (2 1/2 cups)
  Ham bone with meat 1 Pound
  Onions 2 Medium, chopped for 1 cup
  Celery stalks 2 , chopped for 1 cup
  Carrots 2 , chopped for 1/2 cup
  Parsley 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs), snipped
  Worcestershire sauce 1 Tablespoon
  Dry mustard 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Whole bay leaves 2
  Whole cloves 3
  Dried thyme leaves 1 Dash, crushed
  Dry sherry 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Eggs 2 , hard-cooked, sliced
  Thin lemon slices 3
Directions

GETTING READY
1. To prepare beans, rinse them and soak overnight in 6 cups cold water.
2. Alternately in a saucepan bring beans and water to boiling, simmer for 2 minutes and let it stand at least 1 hour.
3. Drain beans, discarding the liquid.

MAKING
4. To the beans in the pan add next 10 ingredients and 7 cups water.
5. Bring to boiling, reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 2 to 2 1/2 hours till beans are very tender.
6. Remove ham and bone, cut any meat into small pieces and work soup through sieve.
7. Add diced ham and sherry and season with salt and pepper to taste.
8. If soup is too thick (it should be the consistency of heavy cream), stir in a little water and heat through.

SERVING
9. To serve, garnish with hard-cooked egg slices and thin lemon slices.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
American
Course: 
Appetizer
Method: 
Simmering
Dish: 
Soup
Interest: 
Holiday, Everyday, Healthy
Ingredient: 
Bean
Preparation Time: 
15 Minutes
Cook Time: 
10 Minutes
Ready In: 
25 Minutes
Servings: 
6

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