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Red Beans and Rice – Serves 4-6
Unlike the usual meatless version, that adorns dinner plates of many “meatless Monday” folks I made a pot of red beans with cubed sautéed ham and sliced Andouille sausage. Serve over Cajun or Creole rice and top with sliced green onions, perfect for a relatively quick dinner. In a pinch want red beans and rice even quicker? Use rinsed and drained canned beans toss in all of the sautéed meats, vegetables and herbs along with 2-3 cups chicken or vegetable broth. Simmer 20-30 minutes.
I did not use an overnight soak method for the beans and my dinner is to my surprise, ready after less than two hours time, but I can see preparing the beans a day earlier and adding all the other goodies to the pot and simmer for 45-60 minutes.
1. Cover ½ pounds of red beans with water, about 3 cups, toss in 2 bay leaves a couple of dashes of Worcestershire begin on high until beans boil then turn down to low, cover move on to prepping the veggies ½ cup each and 3 smashed and minced cloves of garlic. Add all of the veggies to the beans; add seasonings, a pinch of allspice, minced fresh or dried parsley, pinches of thyme and oregano. If you have Creole or Cajun seasoning, a pinch or two will be enough as the Andouille sausage is spicy enough. Simmer about 30-40 minutes; taste beans for doneness add more seasoning if needed. Finally, serve over rice and top with sliced green onions and pickled red onions.
Another tip, I made too much yellow rice one night, but I stored it in a food sealer bag, froze it for a dinner such as tonight. The rice pouch can reheated in boiling water or place rice into buttered ramekins, gently patting down, cover, reheat for a couple of minutes in the microwave or bake uncovered for crispier edges, invert ramekin on plate.