IMBB 11 - Clay Pot Pork & Beans

Posted by JMom | Sunday, January 23, 2005 | 10 comments »

I have been a long time fan of the Is My Blog Burning events originally conceived by Alberto, but have never participated since I am never organized enough to plan for the submission date. Today, at the prodding of Karen, I decided to make an entry. I just hope it makes it on time, as it is kind of late. So pleeease Cathy, accept my entry?

Anyway, for the longest time, I had wanted to try making a cassoulet type dish, but I also wanted to use my sand pot that has become more of a kitchen ornament than a utensil. I didn't have time to get all the ingredients for a proper cassoulet, so once again, I improvised. Here is my humble offering, which I'm happy to say came out quite delicious.

As I said, I wanted to put this kitchen decoration to use:

I started out by quick soaking a half pound of dried Great Northern Beans. To quick soak (slightly amended from the package direction): boil beans for 5 minutes, and let it soak for 1 hour.

In the meantime, prepare the following:
6 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1 sprig of bay leaf (4 leaves)
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 small carrot, chopped
1 rib of celery, chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 3/4 cup water
2 chicken bouillon cubes
1 - 14.5 oz. can of peeled, diced tomatoes

Marinade 2 pork chops in: salt, pepper, garlic powder, balsamic vinegar, olive oil.

In a pot, heat the olive oil and sautee the onions and garlic until translucent; add the carrots and celery and cook for a couple more minutes. Add the can of tomatoes, basil, bay leaves, water and chicken bouillons and bring to a simmer. Drain the beans, and add to the pot. Simmer for about 30 minutes.

While the beans are simmering, in a skillet, brown the pork chops on both sides. When they were done browning, I added the remaining marinade and let it caramelize. Place the pork chops in the clay pot and pour the bean mixture on top. I had about a cup of the bean mixture left over since the clay pot was not big enough. Cover the pot, and put in a 350-degree oven to bake for 2 hours.

This is what it looked like when it came out of the oven:

I served this with turnip greens sauteed in garlic and olive oil. It was delicious! Will definitely add this one to our regulars list.


  1. ajay // 1/23/2005 11:09 PM  

    Hi JMom. I like slow, claypot cooking and this one is a must-try. Lovely!

  2. obachan // 1/23/2005 11:40 PM  

    I love your clay pot so much. I never thought about cooking beans in a clay pot, but it must be good. This looks like a must-try.

  3. Karen // 1/24/2005 6:53 AM  

    Oh, just by the looks of it I can almost taste the richness of combination all those ingredients and cooking them in a pot. Mouthwatering!

  4. drstel // 1/24/2005 10:11 AM  

    yum! just what we need on a cold wintry day...

  5. Santos // 1/24/2005 11:05 AM  

    hey jmom
    that is one hot pot :-) your cassoulet looks wonderful--i can almost smell it from here!

  6. Cathy // 1/25/2005 8:57 PM  

    Hi Jeanette! Gosh this looks good! The parallels with Boston baked beans are really interesting...they're also "pork and beans" and are cooked in a clay pot! This sounds so good and actually quite different from my usual pork and beans (which are sweet). I'm going to have to add this to the list of bean recipes I want to try! Thanks so much for participating in IMBB 11!


  7. Some person // 1/26/2005 12:23 PM  

    Makes me wish I owned a clay pot. Yum!

  8. fish fish // 1/27/2005 8:29 PM  

    Kekeke... JMom, this one definitely very different from the Clay Pot Pork of Malaysian version. :P Worth a try for the Great Northern Beans... never even heard of it. :P

  9. JMom // 1/28/2005 10:40 AM  

    Hi Y'All!!! Thanks for visiting and for the nice comments :) It does my spirits a lot of good when others appreciate my experiments, and this one was one! I am really happy about the way it came out though.

    Best of all, I got to use the clay pot! Now I have to find a more traditional recipe to try on it :)

  10. Hot Waterblaster Rentals // 6/21/2012 7:37 AM  

    Oh, just by the looks of it I can almost taste the richness of combination all those ingredients and cooking them in a pot. Mouthwatering!