Red Beans and Rice.
This is another refugee recipe ideas stolen then tweaked from the CreateTV cooking shows. This Cajun staple as I understand it has a lot of fairly specialized ingredients not typically availability to us mere mortals. So the Cooks Country folks made some substitutions. I added my own tweaks to make it even “mo betta, Cher” I hope you enjoy, we sure did.
1 lb. small red beans (Brine = 3 Tbs Kosher Salt + 3 Qt. of water)
6 slices good smoked bacon, rough chopped
16 oz good andouille sausage cut to bite sized pieces
1 med yellow onion, finely chopped
1 pablano pepper, finely chopped
1 celery rib, finely chopped
1 tsp of smoked paprika
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 tsp each, black and cayenne pepper
1 tsp Thyme leaves
2 bay leaves
3 cups chicken broth
6 cups of water
1 tablespoon Sriracha
1 tsp of vinegar (red wine is fine or even apple cider)
2 cups long grain rice (rinsed until water runs clear)
3 cups water
1 Tsp Butter
1 tsp Kosher salt
Scallions, Chopped fine
Louisiana Hot Sauce of choice, to taste.
- The day before you plan to serve your beans, Wash them well and place in a large container and cover with salt and water. Brine your beans for at least 8 but 24 hours is “mo betta”.
- In a large pot, brown the bacon and then add onion, pablano and celery and stir until onions are clear. (6 or 7 minutes0
- Add paprika, black and cayenne pepper, garlic, thyme, and bay leaves. Stir in until fragrant (~30 seconds)
- Add beans, chicken broth and water and bring to a boil
- Reduce heat to a vigorous simmer for ~45 minutes.
- Stir in sausage, Sriracha and vinegar and cook at vigorous simmer for 30 more minutes until done.
- In another sauce pan, melt butter and sauté the rice until it begins to become translucent.
- Add 3 cups of water to the rice and bring to a boil; Reduce heat to low and cover.
- Simmer rice on low until all water is absorbed )17-19 minutes). Uncover and set aside for 15 minutes to finish.
Serve the beans over the rice with chopped scallions and some Louisiana hot sauce for the Cajuns in the crowd.