I always try to eat delicious food. Unfortunately I don't have that much money, so I have to cook a lot of it at home. But thats OK because I love cooking and I love eating at home with my wife. This is a website with my favorite recipes and a little bit of commentary.

Sunday, June 19, 2005

Red Beans and Rice

I promised to post a real recipe for red beans and rice a while ago. I got this recipe from a guy from New Orleans. He said that they always had it on Mondays. I am guessing that is because they ate ham on Sunday. I have seen a lot of other recipes for red beans and rice. Some of them have green pepper and celery. Some don't. I have had them both ways and I am not sure which I prefer. For the plate shown in the photo below, I used celery and green pepper.

Red Beans and Rice

1 bag dried red beans (about 1 pound)
water to cover
diced ham
Andouille sausage
diced onion
diced green pepper
a few celery stalks, cut up
salt and pepper to taste
Louisiana Hot Sauce to taste

Soak red beans in water overnight. In a big pot, heat oil of your choosing. Brown the ham, sausage, onion, green pepper and celery. Add the beans and water. Bring to a boil and cover. Cook for several hours or until beans are soft, adding water as needed. When the beans are nice and soft add salt and pepper to taste along with hot sauce. Serve over rice.