I give this recipe a five because I have grown up with something very similar to this one and have always loved it. Living in Kentucky for many years, I have eaten this hundreds of times except cooked with ham hocks. This time I didn't have any ham hocks (or other necks or parts on hand) and just added beef bullion instead to my water. It gives it a 'meaty' flavor without any meat or parts. I also add lots of chopped garlic (in place of powder) and several tsp. of Mrs. Dash salt-free seasoning. I also added a can of dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed, to make a complete meatless main dish with lots of protein and fiber. I served it with some long grain and wild rice cooked with mushrooms, onion, and peas and called it a meal! You can play around with this recipe a lot. It's designed to be versatile, to fit many tastes.
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I give this recipe a five because I have grown up with something very similar to this one and...