I am going to be making black beans and rice, in honor of our cuban heritage in Florida (don't tell my dad I said that) .. what I plan to do is cook the beans (soaked etc) with ham hocks, onion, garlic, maybe a little cumin, and S&P. The rice.. I'm not sure how to do it, but I am thinking safron, fresh thyme, salt and pepper.. but if you are in the know with the rice please educate me. The rice will go into a large vessel, and then the beans layered on top, finally I will dice white onion and cilantro and layer the entire top of the beans with it.
If you have some sides that you think are just insane and required for a pig roast, please let me know. I'd like to make at least one more, but it has to be something incredible!