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Louisiana Red Beans and Rice

(recipe, Matthew Barker)


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Introduction

This is a recipe I've molded from a basic one I found in a Betty Crocker's cookbook. I like to use Tony Chachare's creole seasoning in place of salt. And typically I'll use Andouille sausage instead of salt pork or bacon, but if it's all I have I will use bacon. I really like to double the meat, then turn leftovers into breakfast burritos with some eggs and salsa!

Ingredients

  1. 3 cups of water
  2. 1 cup of dried kidney beans or Red Beans
  3. 3 oz. Andouille sausages sliced and cut up into ½ inch pieces
  4. or
  5. 2 oz. of salt pork (with rind), dices, or 3 slices bacon, cut up or preferably
  6. 1 medium onion, chopped
  7. 1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
  8. 2 or 3 medium-sized celery ribs
  9. 1 Jalapeno finely diced for kick
  10. 2 or 3 cloves of Garlic
  11. 1 cup uncooked regular long grain rice
  12. 1 tsp. salt (creole seasoning)
  13. 2 Bay leaves

Steps

  1. 1. Heat water and beans to boiling in 3 - quart saucepan. Boil incovered 2 minutes; reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer 1 ton 2¾ hours or until tender (do not boil or beans will burst)
  2. 2. Drain beans, reserving liquid. Cook salt pork in 10-inch skillet over medium heat; stirring occasionally, until crisp. Sitr in onion and bell pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is tender, add garlic.
  3. 3. Add enough water to beans liqiud to measure 2 cups. Add bean liquid, salt pork mixture, rice, bay leaf and salt to beans in 3-quart saucepan. Heat to boiling, stirring once or twice; reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for 14 minutes (do not lift cover or stir); Remove from hrat. Fluff with fork. Cover and let steam 5 to 10 minutes.