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Harry's Red Beans and Rice Recipe

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Added: Wednesday, October 8, 2008


1 lb dried light red kidney beans
2 large onion, chopped
2 qts water
3 ribs celery, w/tops
1 cup green pepper, chopped
1 cup fresh parsley, chopped
3/4 teaspoon red pepper
1/2 tsp black pepper
3 dashes Tabasco
1/2 tsp allspice
Pinch ground cloves
3/4 tsp garlic powder
1 lb smoked sausage
2 smoked ham hocks
4 garlic cloves
1 bunch green onions, with tops
1 tablespoon salt
4 bay leaves
1 TBS Worcestershire
1 TBS dried thyme,
2 tsp dried oregano

In a bowl soak beans in water covered by 2 inches overnight. Drain and transfer beans to a 6 qt pot. Cover and cook beans for 45 minutes in 2 quarts of water. Add all ingredients, except 1/2 lb of sausage. Do not bring to a boil. Simmer, uncovered, over medium heat for 2 hours more. Add more water if too thick. Remove 1/2 cup of bean mixture and mash to a paste. Stir bean paste and remaining 1/2 pound of sausage into bean mixture and simmer 5-10 minutes. Serve beans over rice with yellow corn bread and fried chicken. Louisiana hot sauce on the side, to spice things up.

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I have cooked red beans and rice at least four times a year for the past 15 years. Each time I make it I do a little something different to the recipe to suit my taste but never going too far. I like the flavor and texture of the light red kidney beans.

Red beans and rice is a symbolic dish of Louisiana Creole cuisine, traditionally made on Mondays with a ham bone left over from Sunday dinner, cooked slowly in a pot and served over rice. It is an old custom from the time when ham was a Sunday meal and Monday was washday. A pot of beans would sit on the stove and simmer while the women were busy scrubbing clothes.

Red beans and rice is one of the few New Orleans style dishes that is cooked both in homes and in restaurants. Many cooks are known for their red beans and rice, most of them are not professional restaurant cooks. Leah Chase of Dooky Chase Restaurant in New Orleans continues to serve up an outstanding plate of red beans and rice.




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