Tuesday, June 21, 2011

New Orleans Red Beans and Rice

Red Beans and rice on Monday are a New Orleans tradition. This was always "wash day" for the lady of the house. With mounds of laundry to do, she needed something for dinner that required little attention. Beans were put on in the morning, simmered all day and a hearty meal was placed on the table that evening.

My mother, without a doubt, made the best red beans I have ever eaten...and I've eaten a lot. Her fluffy rice and cornbread were to die for. How I miss my mother's cooking.

I love to use my crockpot so here's a slightly different method than my mother used:

1 lb dried kidney beans (we use Camellia which is a pinker bean)
Ham, diced (or a ham hock if you're having sausage)
4 garlic cloves, chopped
1 teaspoon black pepper, fresh ground
1 tablespoon powdered chicken stock
1 teaspoon dried chipotle powder
1 teaspoon liquid smoke
3 bay leaves
1 onion, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped
1 tablespoon butter
1 -2 tablespoon salt, to taste
1 -2 teaspoon Cajun seasoning (such as Tony Chachere)
1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 lb smoked sausage (we use Turkey sausage), sliced in half lengthwise and then slice

1. Wash beans, looking for any small stones.

2. Place beans in stockpot, cover beans with water and soak overnight. Beans will expand so use plenty of water.

3. Pour water off of beans and place beans in crockpot. Add ham, black pepper, chicken stock powder, chopped garlic, bay leaves, Chipotle powder and liquid smoke.
4. Add water to cover beans by about 1/2". You want them nice and creamy. More water can be added later if necessary.

5. Saute onions and bell pepper in butter and add to pot.

6. Cover and place crockpot on either low for 8 hours or high for 3-5 hours and then reduce to low.

7. You want to cook the beans until they can be mashed with a spoon.

8. There are several ways to thicken beans. My preference is to remove about a cup of beans, mash them with a spoon and add back to to the pot.

9. You can also thicken with cornstarch mixed with a little water. Add and allow to cook until thickened.

10. Cook your rice, brown sausage and salt beans to taste....you just really can't go wrong here

11. Put your rice in a bowl, place red beans over rice. Serve the sausage on the side.
Make sure you have a bottle of hot sauce on the table, sliced onions or green onions...and hot buttered cornbread. I just detest sweet cornbread...personal preference. I use a mix (Gladiola White Cornbread mix) but add different ingredients to my cornbread. I'll post that one day.

 Serve with sweet iced tea and you're a Southerner for sure!

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Jan@southernjunkin' said... Best Blogger Tips

Yummmy!! I do not like sweet cornbread either! Thanks for sharing this delish!!

Jori said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow! My family would love this meal. Thank you so much for sharing. :)

Blondie's Journal said... Best Blogger Tips

Delicious, Judy! I am going to put this recipe in my file!!


Cindy Adkins said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Judy,
I'm from Meraux!! So happy to see someone from "home!"


Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

My dad loves that meal, only country boy style. Pinto beans, cornbread, and buttermilk. If someone servered it every day, he would probably eat and enjoy it, but well, the rest of our family likes variety. Your pictures sure do look good though!

Chef in Training said... Best Blogger Tips

Yum! Looks great! Thanks for stopping by my blog and for your sweet comment! I love making new blog friends! I am your newest follower and would love it if you would follow me too! Thanks!

Jami said... Best Blogger Tips

This is one of my favorite meals!!! Thanks for sharing at the Tuesday To Do Party! Can't wait to see what you link this week!

Marsha said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm hungry. I make red beans and rice...but I kinda cheat. I'm going to have to try your recipe.

JudyBug said... Best Blogger Tips

@MarshaLOL...cheating at red beans and rice...that's a new one. Must be using those canned beans? don't laugh...I bought 2 cans of blue runners yesterday for a quick meal one night.

Sara Brownlee said... Best Blogger Tips

Where, oh where, did you find those southern belle tea glasses? I am wanting to do my kitchen in a southern belle theme and these are gorgeous!