HISTORY This recipe is one from the Madawaska Historial Society's REUNION FAMILIES' FAVORITE RECIPES. Copies of the cookbook may be ordered directly from the Historical Society, Madawaska, Maine 04756. This recipe is a Cyr Family Reunion recipe which comes from Germaine Pelletier Cyr. 
  • 1 lb navy or small white pea beans
  • 1/4 lb salt pork
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 medium peeled onion
  • 1/c cup molasses
  • salt and pepper to taste
PREPARATION Pick over and wash the beans. soak overnight in a good size bowl (they swell with water). Next morning, empty in a cast-iron skillet and parboil until skins appear on the surface of the water. Remove from skillet and place a layer of beans on bottom of pot. Add onion. Add another layer. Cut through the pork and place on beans. Put the rest of the beans in pot and cover with salt, pepper, mustard, molasses and the last piece of pork. Pour warm water to cover over the beans. Cover tightly and cook in a 300 degree over for 6 hours, checking often to add more water if dry. Yields 6 servings. Serve with ployes or hot rolls.
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