Red Beans and Rice

Total Time:
2 hr 50 min
Prep:
20 min
Cook:
2 hr 30 min

Yield:
8 servings
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • 1 pound dried red beans, rinsed and sorted over
  • 3 tablespoons bacon grease
  • 1/4 cup chopped tasso, or chopped ham
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped yellow onions
  • 3/4 cup chopped celery
  • 3/4 cup chopped green bell peppers
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Pinch cayenne
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme
  • 1/2 pound smoked sausage, split in half lengthwise and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 pound smoked ham hocks
  • 3 tablespoons chopped garlic
  • 10 cups chicken stock, or water
  • 4 cups cooked white rice
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions, garnish
Directions

Place the beans in a large bowl or pot and cover with water by 2 inches. Let soak for 8 hours or overnight. Drain and set aside.

In a large pot, heat the bacon grease over medium-high heat. Add the tasso and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the onions, celery and bell peppers to the grease in the pot. Season with the salt, pepper, and cayenne, and cook, stirring, until the vegetables are soft, about 4 minutes. Add the bay leaves, parsley, thyme, sausage, and ham hocks, and cook, stirring, to brown the sausage and ham hocks, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the beans and stock or water, stir well, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the beans are tender and starting to thicken, about 2 hours. (Should the beans become too thick and dry, add more water, about 1/4 cup at a time.)

Remove from the heat and with the back of a heavy spoon, mash about 1/4 of the beans against the side of the pot. Continue to cook until the beans are tender and creamy, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from the heat and remove the bay leaves.

Serve over rice and garnish with green onions.


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Pretty darned amazing. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Some of the best red beans and rice you will ever have! Be sure to find a good ham hock nothing can mess this up than a really dried out one. I know this as the last time I made them I could only find a really nasty looking one. Making them again tomorrow and this time I found a very nice ham hock so I know the beans will be great. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My teenagers ask for this meal at least once a month! Is there a better review? Just fantastic item not reviewed by moderator and published
Smack your mama good!! This recipe is a winner!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Just reading this made me Salivate!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Fantastic! I didn't make it with meat, but used beef stock instead of chicken, and it came out amazing! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was fantastic. Very easy to make, with a really good result. I've read a lot of the other reviews, which recommended making various tweaks, but I made this one by the recipe. It turned out really well - not too soupy, as some of the reviews have stated. I think that if it turned out too soupy, you may not have done the step that required mushing up a quarter of the beans. My husband doesn't like super spicy food and this recipe fit his palate - there is lots to taste here, but nothing that takes your breath away. It was even better on the second day, but still quite good on the first. I'll definitely make this again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is absolutely delicious, and it honestly couldn't be easier to make. I did deviate from the recipe a bit, but not much. The smell in my house right now is amazing, and my picky eating kids liked it. If you like Cajun cooking, you need to try this. You'll never buy the boxed stuff again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Real Louisiana Red Beans item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was not given a chance to comment - so here's my "Real Review". Real Louisiana Red Beans do not have chicken stock, thyme or bay leaves - in fact, it has very simple ingredients - any type of bacon or pork, onions, garlic, bell peppers, any type of a hot pepper of your choice, I use red pepper flakes and water. I also brown the pork or bacon first. That's it. Emeril is not from Louisiana! I am from Louisiana - how can you deny a name like Champagne. Emeril is making soup - bean soup! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Jeanie...there are as many ways to make a pot of red beans in Louisiana as there are cooks who make it. The common thread of them all: The Holy Trinity of celery, bell pepper, and onion, along with The Pope that is garlic. The use of tasso ham, ham hocks, and andouille sausage, and the liberal use of hot pepper. Other seasonings are truly individual and are up to the cook. My maternal Grandmother was born and raised in Louisiana, and she used all of these! item not reviewed by moderator and published
for 8 generations, our family recipe has always had bay leaves. Just sayin... item not reviewed by moderator and published
Jeanie, As a life-long New Orleanian (family also goes way back here) and a chef, I disagree. Our family recipe has always had bay leaves, as with the majority of recipes I've had(traditional restaurants and family recipes). Plenty use chicken broth or stock, but I never see red pepper flakes used. I've never met a Champagne.. if you're from Louisiana, I'm going to guess you're from another city that thinks they know all things New Orleans with their butchered versions of the originals.. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Why do individuals use the comments for something other than rating the recipe? The recipe is called “Red Beans and Rice” not “Authentic – Louisiana Original Red Beans and Rice”; get over it. Recipes often have many variations (all claiming to be original) it doesn’t make it wrong - it makes cooking fun. The recipe is great…easy…worth the time. The family loved it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I can understand why you weren't given a chance to reply the first time. So what if they aren't "real' red beans and rice still looks like a great recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Point being??? Obviously people like the recipe as much as you like the "real" thing. Lighten up item not reviewed by moderator and published
Bay leaves are absolutely used in Louisiana. I am from Louisiana, how can you deny a name like Guillot. item not reviewed by moderator and published
His recipe doesn't say Louisiana Red Beans and Rice. Its his version of red beans and rice. Don't take it so personally. There are many different versions of Red Beans and Rice and I found this one to be very good! item not reviewed by moderator and published

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