1 pound red beans, dried
1 pound Ham Hocks, fresh
3/4 teaspoon seasoned salt, divided
4 cups water
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
6 cloves garlic, peeled, finely chopped
1 cup onions, chopped
1 teaspoon ground thyme
1 bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon pepper
4 cups rice, hot cooked
Sort and wash beans; place in large Dutch oven. Cover with water 2 inches above beans. Bring beans to a boil and cook for 2 minutes. Remove from heat, cover and let stand for 1 hour. Drain beans and set aside.
Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt over sides of ham hocks. Heat vegetable oil in Dutch oven; brown ham hocks 3 minutes on each side.
Add reserved beans, remaining seasoned salt, onions, thyme, bay leaf and pepper and stir to blend. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat and cover; simmer 2 to 3 hours or until beans are tender.
Remove bay leaf and serve beans over rice.