1 pound small navy pea beans
1 large smoked hamhock
1 pound good quality smoked sausage
Green bell pepper
Creole seasoning blend
Rinse a one pound package of beans and put them in a large heavy pot with about 8 cups water and a smoked ham hock. Sautee sausage, onion, celery, peppers and garlic in a hot pan
then add to the pot along with a bay leaf, creole seasoning blend (and whatever spices you like) cook on med high uncovered and bring to a boil (about 30 min)
then reduce heat to med, cover the pot and cook for another 2 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.
In the last 15 to 20 minutes of cook time, slightly mash a spoon or two of the beans against the inside of the pot and stir, it helps in making them creamy.
Add any additional spices you may like.