8-9cupswater or chicken broth use chicken broth for extra flavor
3green onionssliced for garnish
1tsCajun or Creole seasoning plus more to taste - I used Slap Ya Mama
Rinse and sort beans. In a large heavy pot, cook sausage for 5-10 minutes until browned.
Add vegetables and garlic to sausage, along with butter, and continue to cook until onions turn soft and clear.
Add beans, water, and bay leaf, and bring to a boil for 10 minutes. Reduce heat, add a pinch of salt and pepper, and 1 ts of Creole/Cajun seasoning. Add ham hock, cover and simmer for 1-1.5 hrs, stirring occasionally until beans are desired tenderness.
Add salt, pepper, and cajun seasoning to taste. For creamier consistency, press some beans into the side of the pot with a spoon and stir.
Serve over hot cooked rice, and garnish with a bunch of green onions! The addition of a ham hock during the cooking process will add depth of flavor to this dish and is recommended.