Recipe originally by Raised on a Roux and tweaked on here
One thing to keep in mind when cooking dried red beans–they’re really hard! So they need to soak (this will also reduce the cooking time by about a third). If you skip this step, you may end up with a mess of mealy beans and starchy broth. Simply stick them in a bowl of cold water and let them sit overnight. Pour the beans and the “bean liquor” into the pot with the rest of the ingredients to take advantage of that intense red bean flavor that leaches out while they’re soaking. *You can also skip the soaking set by making these in the crock pot*
Also sausage can replace the pickled meat if desired.
Red Beans and Rice
Prep time: overnight / 10 minutes
Cook time: 2 hours
3 bay leaves
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
1 tablespoon garlic powder
2 tablespoon Tony Chachere’s
Optional : 1 teaspoon liquid smoke (makes it taste like popeyes red beans)
1 pound dried red kidney beans (preferably Camellia brand)
2 tablespoons oil (olive oil, canola, bacon fat etc)
2 medium onions, chopped
1 large green bell pepper, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
optional : 2 stalks celery, chopped
1 pound pickle meat (pickled pork) or 1 pound andouille sausage, sliced thin
8 cups water
5 cups cooked rice
Traditional: Rinse beans thoroughly to remove excess dirt; pick over for stones. Place beans in a large bowl; cover with cold water and soak overnight. In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, place oil. If using sausage add sausage; sauté until brown on both sides. Add onions, bell pepper, celery and garlic; sauté until tender. Add seasoning mix; stir. Add soaked beans and liquid (“bean liquor”), pickle meat and water. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to simmer. Cook 1 1/2 to 2 hours, stirring often, until beans are tender. Add additional water, if needed, to keep beans from scorching. Towards the end of the cooking time, mash some of the beans against the side of the pot with the back of a spoon (this will help create a creamy consistency). Adjust seasoning if necessary.
Crockpot: Rinse beans thoroughly to remove excess dirt; pick over for stones. Optional to saute sauage / onions, bell pepper, celery, and garlic before putting in crock pot. Add rinsed beans, pickle meat if using, seasoning and water. Cook in crock pot 8-10 hours on low. Mash some of the beans against the side of the pot with a spoon towards end of cooking to thicken.