New Orleans Red Beans and Rice
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This recipe for New Orleans Red Beans and Rice is one of our all-time favorite Cajun dishes. So deep in flavor and has just enough kick to make your eyes light up and your tummy say "Howdy!" 100% Loon Approved!
Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Cajun
Serves: 6 - 8
  • 1 lb dried red beans
  • 1 large, meaty ham bone (or use a bone from a cooked pork butt roast)
  • 6 bay leaves
  • ½ lb smoked andouille sausage, chopped into ½-inch dice (a generous cup)
  • ½ lb smoked ham, chopped into ½-inc dice (a generous cup)
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 2 jalapenos, stemmed, seeded, and finely chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons whole grain mustard
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme seeds
  • ½ tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Steamed white rice, for serving
  • Scallions, thinly slice, for garnish
  • Hot sauce
  1. Put the dried beans in a large pot of water (the beans should be covered by at least 2 inches of water).
  2. Soak the beans overnight and then drain.
  3. Combine the beans, 1 gallon plus 2 cups water, the ham bone, and bay leaves in a large stock pot and bring to a simmer over medium heat.
  4. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook the sausage and ham over medium-high heat until crispy and brown, about 8 minutes.
  5. Add the onion and cook until softened, 5 minutes more.
  6. Add the tomato, jalapenos, garlic, mustard, vinegar, salt, thyme, black pepper, and cayenne and continue to cook until the mixture is hot and the ingredients have softened, an additional 5 to 8 minutes.
  7. Scrape the sausage mixture into the pot of beans.
  8. Simmer slowly, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until creamy and tender, about 3 hours.
  9. Approximately 10 minutes before the beans are done, use a wooden spoon to smash some of the beans against the inside of the pot.
  10. Remove the bones and bay leaves.
  11. Serve over hot steamed white rice with sliced scallions and hot sauce.
  12. Enjoy!
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