What I love about red beans and rice (and Cajun food in general) is the ability to bring some delicious flavors out of anything you cook. You don’t even need the most expensive cuts of meat or exotic vegetables. You cook with what you have, pour some love and time into it and the food does all the rest.
Ask anyone from New Orleans what is one staple meal that can get you through some hard times and feed a large crowd, ten times out of nine the answer will be beans and rice. With just 1-2lbs of beans and a cut of pork, you will be good to go for a couple days with a big ole pot of food! But don’t let the poor man cliché about beans and rice fool you. These Cajun style red beans and rice can be made anytime for any person no matter how much money you have in your pocket.
To make these red beans and rice you start off with some basic ingredients. Your holy trinity (onion, bell pepper, and celery) chopped, red beans that have had a chance to be soaked, smoked sausage cut up into bite sized pieces, and then finally your dry seasonings. In our house we like to cook pig tails on the side but that’s another story!
To cook the red beans, start off by browning your smoked sausage in a splash of vegetable oil. This is going to bring out the fat and drippings inside of the sausage. This step pretty much sets the stage for the rest of the meal. Once the sausage has browned, remove it from the pot. You are going to add your holy trinity in next with the drippings and sauté until the onions are translucent, about 5 mins.
Now that you’ve done the basics, return the sausage to the pot and add your beans and let them all combine. Next, go ahead and add your seasonings (salt, pepper, seasoning blend, thyme, and oregano.) Add 8 cups of water, bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer. For now, you are done it just needs to sit and cook on low for at least 2 hrs for them to be perfect!
Serve the red beans with a steaming bowl of white rice and bon appetite!
Red Beans and Rice
- 1 tbsp Thyme
- 1 tbsp Oregano
- 1 tbsp Seasoning Blend (old bay)
- 2 tsp Salt (more to taste)
- 1 tsp Pepper (more to taste)
- 1 lb Dry Red Kidney Beans
- 1 lb Smoked Sausage
- 1 Onion
- 1 Bell Pepper
- 1 celery stalk
Brown smoked sausage in a splash of vegetable oil, once browned remove from heat.
Saute holy trinity (onion, bell pepper, celery) in the drippings from sausage until translucent, about 5 mins.
Return Sausage to pot and combine seasonings and red beans.
Add 8 cups of water and bring to a boil, allow to come to a simmer and cook for 1-2 hrs until beans are soft.