1. What are two alternate recipes for Senate Bean Soup?
Senate bean soup is a standard item on the Senate restaurant’s daily menu. Although the origins of this culinary decree has been lost in antiquity, It is said that Senate bean soup has become a tradition based on a request of Senator Fred Dubois of Idaho who served in the Senate from 1901 to 1907 and sat as chairman of the committee that supervised the Senate Restaurant. The traditional recipe includes mashed potatoes, while later versions had replaced the mashed potatoes for braised onions the more recent versions does not include either. Listed below are two alternate more recent versions of Senate Bean Soup.
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Seventh, return soup to simmer and adjust seasoning with tobacco, salt, and pepper to taste. Last, garnish individual portions at service time with croutons. (Kaman)
Ingredients for the second recipe include:
One pound dried navy beans or other white beans such as Great Northern
One pound smoked ham hocks
One bay leaf
One teaspoon salt or more to taste
One teaspoon dried thyme
Two cups of chopped onion
Two medium cloves of garlic, peeled and minced
One medium white potato, peeled and coarsely died
Two medium carrots, peeled and finely chopped
Two stalks of celery, finely chopped
Optional: One cup tomato sauce (see note)
One teaspoon ground black pepper
Rinse the beans and discard any that are discolored or shriveled. Soak the beans in water to cover overnight. Drain in a colander and rinse well. Put the beans into a large six quart pot. Add ten cups water, the ham hocks and bay leaf. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and cook covered until the beans are tender, about one hour, stirring occasionally. Remove the ham hocks and set aside. When cool enough to handle, cut the meat from the bone and dice coarsely. Add the salt, thyme, onion, garlic, potato, carrots, celery and tomato sauce. Cook at a gentle simmer, uncovered, forty minutes. Discard bay leaf. Mash some of the beans with a ladle. Stir the ham into the soup and season with pepper. Adjust the seasonings with additional salt if desired.
Note: There are several variations of Senate Bean Soup. Although this recipe uses tomato sauce, it can be omitted.
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