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SIDE DISH

PASULJ (Serbian Beans), Serbo-Croatian

Ingredients
  • 2 lbs. beans (small navy)
  • 1 lb. smoked ham
  • 2 large onions
  • 1 tbsp. lard or shortening
  • 1 tbsp flour (level)
  • 1 tsp red pepper (paprika)
  • Salt to taste
Preparation Instructions

Soak 2 lbs. of small navy beans overnight. The following day drain the beans and dice 1 large onions into them. Add a lb of smoked ham and cover with cold water. Cook on a moderate fire for 3 hours. When almost done fry a large onion, well diced, in a 1 tbsp shortening. When the onion is almost pink (done), add the red pepper and stir for 5 minutes. Add a level tbsp of flour and fry for 2 or 3 minutes. Then add all to the beans and salt to taste. Let boil slowly for ten minutes.

Contributed by Mrs. Helen Drignakovitch, 1950

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