Stay warm and full with a delicious and savory bowl of Southern Northern Beans and Smoked Turkey. These beans are perfectly seasoned and delicious with a side of buttery cornbread. This is a classic southern dish that is affordable and the perfect meal during the colder months.
When I was a kid, one of the worst meals my mom would feed us was liver and onions, Chili, and a bowl of beans. She would make pinto beans, blackeyed peas, and Northern beans all the time! To a kid, those are some of the worst meals you could force a kid to eat as a meal with no main course or side dishes. She would make cornbread with it, but there were several times we would just eat the cornbread for dinner. But, when you’re a family of six and living paycheck-to-paycheck, a dollar bag of dried beans can go a long way. I get that now.
Although I did not like any of the meals mentioned previously, two out of the three dishes are now comforting meals I appreciate as an adult. I’ll tell you though, liver and onions did not make that list. My approach to dishes with beans is different now that I’m older. The key to making a dish with beans is flavor! Lots of seasonings, which you will see in this recipe. The flavor goes beyond just your regular salt, pepper, and powders, but adding a protein like smoked ham hocks or turkey also takes the flavor to a new level. Not to mention, beans are just good for you.
Of course, you have to have cornbread to go along with it. Luckily for you guys, I have a scrumptious Skillet Buttery Cornbread Recipe on my blog that will go perfect with this meal.
Health benefits of Northern Beans
Northern beans are a great source of fiber and protein. Furthermore, they are rich in the following nutrients:
- Can help reduce cholesterol!
Beans, in general, are a great option for adding health benefits to just about any dish including pasta, casseroles, tacos, and stews.
I lived in the south (Marietta, GA) for a little while, and I definitely had some southern cooking while I was a resident. When I first moved down there, the family I had who lived there at the time, decided to give me some “southern hospitality” with a few country delicacies, and bean with smoked meat was definitely the most memorable dish. I hope this is a dish that is memorable for you as well.
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Southern Northern Beans and Smoked Turkey is a southern soul food classic that is the definition of comfort food and will keep you full and satisfied.
- 6– 15 oz. Northern Bean cans (4 of them drained and rinsed)
- 2 tbsp. Olive oil
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 green bell pepper, diced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 c. water
- ½ tbsp. Seasoned salt
- 2 tsp. Black pepper
- 1 ½ tsp. Onion powder
- 1 ½ tsp. Garlic powder
- 1 tsp. Smoked paprika
- ½ tbsp. Liquid smoke
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 smoked turkey thigh, wing, or neck
- Using a Dutch oven or a large heavy-duty pot on medium-high heat, add the olive oil to the pot and allow it to heat. Add the onion and bell pepper to the pot and cook to soften about 5-7 minutes. Add the garlic cloves and cook for 2-3 minutes.
- Rinse and drain 4 out of the 6 cans of beans and add them to the pot. Add the remaining two cans of beans to the pot with liquid. Add the water as well.
- Add the seasonings (seasoned salt, black pepper, onion and garlic powder, smoked paprika, liquid smoke, and liquid smoke) and stir in with the beans. Add the smoked turkey meat as well. Cover with lid and allow to cook on medium heat for 1 ½ hour.
- Remove the lid and, using a wooden spoon, break the turkey meat allowing shreds of the meat to disburse throughout. Stir once more. Finally, use a potato masher and smash some of the beans in the post allowing the soup to thicken but not breaking all of the beans. Season to taste and serve.
- Category: Soup/ Stews
- Cuisine: Soul Food
Keywords: northern beans, turkey and bean soup, beans and rice, soul food, southern beans and turkey, beans and rice
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