Red Beans and Rice

(Adapted from “The 100 Greatest Dishes of Louisiana Cookery”)

Ingredients

  • 1 pound red kidney beans
  • 2 quarts water
  • 2 medium to large onions, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 large bunch scallions, chopped
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1/2 tsp thyme leaves
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp minced parsley
  • 1 12oz. package andouille sausage; quarter each link then cut into tiny pieces
  • 1.5 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 6 to 8 cups hot cooked rice

Tips:

Preparation

Wash the beans and put them in a heavy soup pot with 2 quarts water (at least; be prepared to keep adding

water as it evaporates).  Bring water to a boil and turn down to a simmer; simmer for an hour.  Add all

remaining ingredients except the cooked rice.  Simmer for another two and a half hours or so, occasionally stirring and 

adding water as necessary so that the dish has a stew-like consistency.  Serves 6 to 8.

 

What makes it special?

This has been a go-to for years.  I found the cookbook at a rummage sale while on a babymoon, but as my grandmother was from New Orleans, it was wonderfully familiar.

Recipe shared by Liz Winslow

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“Red Beans and Rice with Smoked Andouille Sausage, $19, Miss Peaches, Newtown. Sydney Food Blog Review” by insatiablemunch is licensed under CC BY 2.0