Friday, April 26, 2013

Red Beans and Rice

Jana here with a homemade version of Red Beans and Rice!  In the past, I have either made the boxed variety, or had this as a side dish at Popeye's. I like their version, so I wanted to try to recreate my own! This didn't taste exactly like that, but it was SO good!  I mixed the rice (I used brown) in with the bean mixture for the leftovers, and it was even better.  This recipe used dried beans. If you don't remember to soak them overnight, you can do the quick soaking method listed on the back of the bag. This is what I ended up doing, and it worked well.  I found this recipe on All Recipes. 

Red Beans and Rice

2 cups dried red beans
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 tablespoons dried minced onion, or one medium onion (chopped)
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon cumin
1 tablespoon season all
1/2 tablespoon onion powder
1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
ground cayenne pepper to taste
crushed red pepper to taste
1 pound smoked sausage, sliced
4 cups cooked rice

1. Soak the beans in water overnight.

2. Drain the beans, and fill a large pot half full of water. Add the beans and seasonings to the pot. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a medium-high heat, cover, and stir frequently. Cook until beans can easily be mashed against the side of the pot. (approximately 2-3 hours) Stir in the smoked sausage for the last hour.  If necessary during the cooking process, add additional water.

3. Using a potato masher or a fork, mash the beans as much as you would like. I mashed about half, leaving some whole beans. 

4. Stir in the rice, and serve!


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