One-Pot Wonders

Red beans and rice

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December 26, 2009
Author Notes

Not necessarily the traditional Creole/Cajun version, but nevertheless one that tastes of the deep South. A great go-to one-dish meal for a lazy, cold weekend while you're watching ballgames or bundled up in front of the fire with a good book and some good music. You can make a quicker version with canned red beans or kidney beans -- use four cans, drained and rinsed. And it's a good, cheap, filling, healthy dinner -- probably somewhere around a buck a serving, —Kayb

  • Serves 12 or so
Ingredients
  • 1 pound small red beans, dried
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2-4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 15-oz cans petite diced tomatos
  • 1 can diced tomatos and green chiles
  • 1 pound andouille sausage, sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 1 cup diced or shredded cooked chicken or turkey
  • 1 cup diced or shredded smoked ham (or 2 hamhocks)
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Aleppo pepper or cayenne
  • 2-3 dashes hot pepper sauce (preferably Pick-a-Peppa)
  • 4 cups cooked white rice, for serving
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
In This Recipe
Directions
  1. Soak beans overnight in water; drain and rinse.
  2. Put beans in stock pot with enough water to barely reach the top of beans. Add tomatos, tomatos and chiles, paprika, pepper, seasoned salt and cooked chicken. Bring to a boil over medium high heat, and lower heat to medium low.
  3. Saute onion in olive oil over medium heat until soft. Add sliced andouille and saute over medium high heat until beginning to brown. Add ham and saute until meats are browned. Add to stockpot.
  4. Simmer over medium low heat until beans are completely done, about two hours. Can hold over low heat for hours longer. Serve in large soup bowls over a mound of white rice, with a good crusty bread or old-fashioned cornbread on the side.

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I'm a business professional who learned to cook early on, and have expanded my tastes and my skills as I've traveled and been exposed to new cuisines and new dishes. I love fresh vegetables, any kind of protein on the grill, and breakfasts that involve fried eggs with runny yolks. My recipes tend toward the simple and the Southern, with bits of Asia or the Mediterranean or Mexico thrown in here and there. And a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on a float in the lake, as pictured, is a pretty fine lunch!