ROCKIN’ RED BEANS AND RICE

Published on: 06/09/2021

ROCKIN’ RED BEANS AND RICE

During our recent visit to New Orleans, one of my favorite meals was in a casual bar, with zero expectations for what might come out of the kitchen. It was the tastiest red beans and rice I had ever consumed. It was the inspiration for this entire blog :). Always adjust seasonings to taste, you can even give your serving a splash of cider vinegar for an extra zing. DEFINITELY go with the dried beans, which require an overnight soak. This could be an entree or a side dish, as long as you are keeping those carbs in balance.
Prep Time 24 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours 20 minutes
soaking the beans overnight 12 hours
Total Time 15 hours 44 minutes
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Servings 8 side dish

Equipment

  • large stock pot

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound dried kidney beans
  • 5-6 garlic cloves minced (about 2 Tablespoons)
  • 1 large yellow onion chopped
  • 2 bell peppers green and red, chopped
  • 10 cups water 6 +410 cups water (6 +4)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1 Tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1 pound chicken andouille sausage sliced (again, can go veggie-style here)
  • 2 –3 medium tomatoes diced (about 2 cups)
  • 2 cups long grain brown rice
  • Nonstick cooking spray

Instructions
 

  • Day 1: Rinse beans and soak in large pot of water overnight.
  • Day 2: Place a large nonstick skillet over medium heat and spray with cooking spray. Add onion, bell peppers, garlic and cook for 6–8 minutes, or until onions are lightly browned.
  • Pour beans into a colander and rinse well.
  • Rinse the large pot and place 6 cups of water and beans back into pot.
  • Place over high heat and add cooked veggies, bay leaves, cayenne pepper, thyme, sage, parsley and Cajun seasoning. Bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer with lid for 2 1/2 hours.
  • Stir in sausage and continue to simmer with lid for another 30 minutes.
  • While simmering, prepare rice according to package directions.
  • Serve beans over cooked rice.
  • Adjust seasonings, which may include the vinegar splash.

Notes

Makes 8 side dish servings or 4–6 main dish servings.

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