Red Beans & Rice
1 lb red beans, soaked
1 ham bone with meat on it
1 lb of smoked sausage
1 cup onion, chopped
1 cup celery, chopped (I usually add more)
1 clove garlic, minced
2 bay leaves
½ tsp basil
½ tsp thyme
½ tsp pepper
Pinch of cayenne
1 cup white rice ( I usually use brown, and it doesn’t soak up as much liquid as white when mixed with the Red beans)
Soak beans in cold water overnight. Drain beans. ( I usually will bring beans to a boil, turn off burner and let sit for an hour or so instead of doing soaking overnight) Put all ingredients except for rice in a large stock pot. Add enough water to cover ingredients. Bring to boil, then cover and lower flame. Simmer on low heat for about 2 ½ hours.. To prevent beans from sticking stir and scrape sides of pan every half hour. If mixture becomes too dry add another ½ cup of water.
To make rice N’Orleans style put cup of rice plus 2 cups of cold water and ¼ tsp salt in a very heavy saucepan. Bring to boil and then stir with folk. Cover pan tightly and cook over low heat for 18 minutes.
Or prepare rice the way you normally do, I have a rice cooker so I use that..
Serve tender beans over a mound of rice……..YUMMMY!