Red Beans and Rice

 

Recipe from: RockyMountainCooking.com

Cooking for 2, 4, 6, 20 people?! Simply change the number of guests you are feeding and watch the ingredients below update to make the perfect amount of food. TIP: You might want to account for those who tend to go for seconds…or thirds.  Whatever, we don’t judge.

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Red Beans and Rice

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 15 mins
Servings: 6 people

Ingredients

To make the beans

  • 1 pound red or kidney beans
  • 2 whole bay leaves
  • 4 whole garlic cloves crushed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6 cups Water

To make the red beans and rice

  • 1 pound Polidori Andouille Sausage sliced
  • 8 ounces ham diced
  • 1 cup onions diced
  • 1 cup poblano peppers can substitute green peppers
  • 2 stalks celery chopped
  • 1 tablespoon garlic minced
  • 2-3 tablespoons Cajun seasoning
  • 2-4 tablespoons hot sauce
  • 2 whole bay leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • All cooked beans strained
  • 6 cups chicken stock preferably homemade
  • cooked rice for serving
  • sliced green onions for serving
  • extra hot sauce for serving

Instructions

To cook the beans

  • In a large stock pot, add the beans, bay leaves, garlic and, salt. Cover with 6 cups of water. Bring the beans to a boil. Boil for 5 minutes and reduce heat to simmer. Cover and cook the beans for 1 hour 15 minutes. Strain off the water, remove the bay leaves and set aside. It's ok to leave the garlic in the beans.

To make the red beans and rice

  • In a large stock pot, brown the sausage until almost cooked through, about 5 minutes over medium heat. Add the onions, peppers, celery, and garlic. Cook for about 3-4 minutes or until the onions become translucent. Stir in the ham, Cajun seasoning, hot sauce, bay leaves, salt, pepper, and the beans. Cover with the chicken stock.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cover the stockpot with the lid. Simmer for 1 1/2 hours or until the beans are creamy and delicious.
  • Cook as much rice as desired according to package directions. I used long grain rice for this recipe.
  • Serve the finished Red Beans with rice and finish off with green onions and more hot sauce if desired.