Halloween is all about tradition (at least since we moved to MN). Ours means handing out candy to all the kids and homemade soup. And let’s not forget about the pumpkin carving. This year I came up with the idea of ‘Zombie Pumpkin’ – check out the pic! This one got a lot of thumbs up from both parents and children:)
Now onto the soup for the evening. This year we went with ham and bean. A good choice for a cool Halloween evening.
3 smoked ham hocks
2-3 cups smoked ham 1 medium onion
3 celery stalks
6 medium carrots
2 cans cannellini beans
2 cans great northern beans
3 1/2 quarts water
2 tsp Herbs de Provence
1 bay leaf
Put ham hocks and onion in a large stock pot. Cover with the water and bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer about 2 hours. Add carrots, celery, ham, salt and pepper. Simmer an addtional 40 miuntes. Remove ham hocks and let cool. Once cool remove ham from hocks and add to soup. Take one can of each of the beans and mash in a bowl with a potato masher. Add this and the other 2 cans of beans to the soup. Heat through and serve in a large bowl. For those who like a little spice, shake in some tabasco sauce to give it a little heat. Enjoy!!