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Red Beans and Rice

Posted by moderndaygourmet on August 30, 2007

My friend Betsy gave me this recipe and it is, to put it mildly, famous among our circle of friends.  As she likes to say, it has been shared “all over hell’s half acre” and I really don’t know what we would do without it.  I make it about once a month, and it makes enough for several meals and tastes even better after being frozen as leftovers.  And it just sits in the crock pot all day and when you get home dinner is ready.  What’s not to love?

1 pound dried red kidney beans
1/2 cup dried parsley
1/4 cup oil
1 tsp garlic
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
2 tsp salt
1-2 tsp Cajun seasoning
1 Tbsp sugar
1 chopped onion
1 chopped bell pepper
2-3 stalks celery, chopped

Soak beans in water overnight. Drain and rinse. Place beans in crock pot with all ingredients (I never measure the spices, just add as much as I like). Stir and cover with water. Cook on Low all day (~8-10 hours). When you get home, stir the beans often, getting them nice and creamy and mushing them up a little bit. On your stovetop, saute some chopped sausage until nicely browned. Add sausage to beans (I usually pour in the sausage grease, too), stir and serve over rice. This freezes great. If you want, add a can of chicken broth and/or a can of beer in lieu of some of the water. This adds a nice flavor.

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