Jamaican Style Rice and Peas
- 8 ounces dried kidney beans, rinsed and picked over (about 1 1/4 cups)
- 3 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
- 6 cups cold water
- 1 (14-ounce) can coconut milk
- 6 large sprigs fresh thyme
- 3 scallions, ends trimmed, smashed with the side of a knife
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 whole Scotch bonnet chile, pierced with a knife in several places
- 2 pinches ground allspice
- 3 cups long-grain rice
In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, combine the beans with the garlic and 6 cups cold water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer, cover the pot and continue to cook the beans until just beginning to soften, about 30 minutes. Add the coconut milk and thyme sprigs and continue cooking until the beans are soft, 45 minutes to 1 hour longer.
Add the scallions, butter, salt, Scotch bonnet chile, and allspice and stir to combine. Cover and let sit until scallion has softened, 2 to 3 minutes. Return liquid to a boil and add the rice to the pot. Stir to combine well and return to a boil. Stir once again, cover the pot, reduce heat to low and cook, stirring once after about 5 minutes, until rice has absorbed the liquid and is tender, 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside to sit, undisturbed, for 10 minutes. Remove the chile, scallions, and thyme sprigs, fluff with a fork, and serve.
Recipe courtesy Emeril Lagasse, Emeril's Food of Love Productions, copyright 2007