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Red Beans & Rice - Beans Only Recipe

Looking for an easy Red Beans & Rice - beans only recipe? Learn how to make Red Beans & Rice - beans only using healthy ingredients.


Submitted by danbeaver

Makes 22 servings



Red Beans & Rice - beans only

Recipe Ingredients for Red Beans & Rice - beans only

1 pound red kidney beans, dry
1 large onion, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped
5 celery stalks, chopped
6 cloves garlic
32 oz ham
16 oz Smoked sausage
1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves, crushed
0.01 oz bay leaves
1 Serrano pepper
10 teaspoons Tabasco
5 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
5 teaspoons vinegar
1 teaspoon red pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons Salt

Recipe Directions for Red Beans & Rice - beans only

  1. Soak the beans overnight, if possible. The next day, drain and put fresh water in the pot. (This helps reduce the, um, flatulence factor.) Bring the beans to a rolling boil. Make sure the beans are always covered by water, or they will discolor and get hard. Boil the beans for about 45 - 60 minutes, until the beans are tender but not falling apart. Drain.

  2. While the beans are boiling, sauté the Trinity (onions, celery, bell pepper) until the onions turn translucent. Add the garlic and saute for 2 more minutes, stirring occasionally. After the beans are boiled and drained, add the sautéed vegetables to the beans, then add the ham hock (or ham or pickle meat), smoked sausage, seasonings, and just enough water to cover.

  3. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a low simmer. Cook for 2 hours at least, preferably 3, until the whole thing gets nice and creamy. Adjust seasonings as you go along. Stir occasionally, making sure that it doesn't burn and/or stick to the bottom of the pot. (If the beans are old -- say, older than six months to a year -- they won't get creamy. Make sure the beans are reasonably fresh. If it's still not getting creamy, take 1 or 2 cups of beans out and mash them, then return them to the pot and stir.)

  4. If you can ... let the beans cool, stick them in the fridge, and reheat and serve for dinner the next day. They'll taste a LOT better. When you do this, you'll need to add a little water to get them to the right consistency.

  5. Serve generous ladles-ful over hot white long-grain rice, with good French bread and good beer. I also love to serve grilled or broiled fresh Creole hot sausage or chaurice on the side. Do not serve with a canned-beet salad, like my Mom always used to do. (Sorry, Mom ... try something interesting with fresh beets and we'll talk. :^)

  6. I like serving a few small pickled onions with my red beans -- I chop them up and mix them in with the beans. It's great! Why does it taste so good? As my sister's friend (and dyed-in-the-wool New Orleanian) Cherie Valenti would say ... "It's da vineguh!"

Categories

Beans, Main Dish

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 104.7g
Amount Per Serving
Calories
215
Calories from Fat
87
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
9.7g
15%
Saturated Fat
3.1g
15%
Trans Fat
0.1g
Cholesterol
41mg
14%
Sodium
886mg
37%
Potassium
499mg
14%
Total Carbohydrates
15.9g
5%
Dietary Fiber
4.0g
16%
Sugars
1.3g
Protein
15.8g
Vitamin A 5% Vitamin C 18%
Calcium 4% Iron 12%
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional details are an estimate and should only be used as a guide for approximation.
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Health Information

Nutrition Grade
96% confidence
B+
  Good points
  • Low in sugar
  • High in thiamin
  •   Bad points
  • High in sodium
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