3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/3 pound cured ham, diced
2 large onions, finely chopped
1 green bell pepper, finely chopped
2 ribs celery, finely chopped
1 tablespoon minced garlic
3 sprigs fresh thyme
2 bay leaves
1 pound great northern beans, rinsed well and soaked overnight, drained
6 cups chicken or shrimp stock
2 cups water
2 3/4 teaspoons Essence, recipe follows
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1 1/2 pounds medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 tablespoon freshly chopped parsley leaves
1/4 cup chopped green onion tops
Cooked white rice, for serving
Hot red pepper sauce, for serving
2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons garlic powder
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon dried thyme
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