Red Beans and Rice
Red Beans and Rice is one of those incredibly simple but delicious recipes that offer a huge bang for your buck. The winning texture and flavor combination is hard not to love!
- 1 lb Red beans
- 2 tbsp olive oil or vegetable oil
- 1 lb andouille sausage sliced
- 1 cup onion finely diced
- ¾ cup celery chopped
- 1 green bell pepper diced
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 7 to 8 cups chicken stock or more as needed
- 1/2 lb Smoked turkey leg necks, ham bone, or ham hock
- 2 bay leaves
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- ½ to 1 tsp cayenne pepper or to taste
- 2 tsp cajun seasoning
- 2 tbsp chopped green onion or parsley for garnish
- Hot sauce
- Apple cider vinegar
Method 1: Overnight Soaking
Sort the beans by removing any dirt and bad beans
Pour the beans in a large bowl, add enough cool water to submerge the beans completely, and leave to soak for at least 4 hours. I prefer to leave it overnight.
Method 2: Quick Soak
For a quick soak, pour the beans in a stockpot, add enough water to submerge the beans about 4 inches, then bring the beans to a boil and let it sit for one hour. Drain and rinse under cold water. Pour the beans back into the stockpot.
Heat the oil in the skillet over medium heat and brown the sausage on both sides.
Stir in the onion, bell pepper, and celery Cook until tender. About 5 to 8 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook until fragrant—about a minute.
Add the red beans, smoked Turkey, bay leaves, thyme, black pepper, cayenne pepper, cajun seasoning, and chicken broth. Bring to a boil, then turn the heat to medium-low and leave to simmer for 1 1/2 hours; Season with salt and adjust the seasoning if necessary.
Cook for another 30 mins or until thick and creamy.
Cook the rice: Bring the rice and water to boil in a pot. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes.
Serve over rice. Enjoy!
Calories: 2877kcal | Carbohydrates: 194g | Protein: 175g | Fat: 155g | Saturated Fat: 48g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 431mg | Sodium: 6796mg | Potassium: 5740mg | Fiber: 42g | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin A: 3521IU | Vitamin C: 127mg | Calcium: 377mg | Iron: 26mg