Friday, February 8, 2013

Red Beans & Rice

We're having a whole week of cajun food in celebration of Mardi Gras!  First up is Red Beans and Rice!
 1 pound dried red beans
4 slices bacon, chopped
1/4 cup 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
4 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1/2 pound smoked sausage, split in half lengthwise and cut into 1-inch pieces
3 cloves garlic, minced
8 cups chicken stock
4 cups cooked white rice
1/4 cup chopped green onions, garnish

Place beans in saucepan.  Cover with 2 inches water and bring to a boil.  Boil 2 minutes.  Remove from heat, cover and let stand 1 hour.  In a different large pot, brown bacon and ham until crispy (5-7 minutes).  Add chopped veggies and saute over medium heat until softened.  Deglaze pot with broth.  Add in all broth plus beans and spices.  Cook 1 1/2 hours until beans are done.  Serve over rice with sausage and chives on top. 

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