Cooking With Cajun Radio: Red Beans & Rice W/Sausage
Today we are cooking up some Red Beans & Rice w/ Sausage in the Cajun Radio Kitchen. So put on that apron and get ready to cook up some good eatings for your family!!
Makes: 10 servings
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours, 0 minutes
Ready In: 2 hours, 25 minutes
Traditionally Cajuns prepared the red beans and sausage then served the beans and sausage over rice which is the way this dish is prepared. This is a different from some fast food chicken places in which the rice is cooked with the bean and sausage mixture.
1 pound red kidney beans 1 large onion chopped
1 bell pepper chopped 1 garlic clove minced
1 pound smoked sausage cut in 1/2 inch pieces 1 ham-bone with some meat on it Optional but wonderful to use
1 bay leaf red pepper to taste
salt and black pepper to taste water to cover beans
Wash beans. In a large Dutch oven or cast iron pot, cover in cold water and soak overnight. When ready to cook, add the onion, bell pepper, garlic, bay leaf and ham-bone. Add enough additional water to cover the beans at least 3 inches above their marker. Cook slowly stirring occasionally until beans are tender. Time will vary from 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
In the last 30 minutes of cooking mash some of the beans to thicken the gravy. Add the smoked sausage and season to taste with salt and pepper. The heat may be increased to evaporate excess water if the beans have a too watery gravy or water added to make more gravy. Do stir to prevent sticking. Serve over steamed rice.
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