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Red Beans and Rice

You'll love this Delta version of a wonderful comfort dish! Serve with 1/2 cup cooked white rice per person.
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 TBS canola oil
  • 2 lbs smoked sausage cut into half moons
  • 1 green bell pepper seeded and slivered
  • 1 red bell pepper seeded and slivered
  • 1 medium yellow onion slivered
  • 1 medium stalk celery diced
  • 2 TBS minced garlic
  • 1 lb tasso ham optional
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 TBS kosher salt
  • 1 TBS coarse ground black pepper
  • 1 TBS cajun seasoning
  • 1 gallon chicken stock
  • 3 lbs dried small red beans soaked overnight
  • cooked rice for serving

Instructions

  • Heat oil in a large stockpot over medium high heat. Add the sausage and sear it, about 3 minutes. Remove sausage from pot and set aside.
  • Add peppers, onion and celery and cook for three minutes, or until softened and fragrant. Add garlic, tasso ham (if using,) bay leaves, salt, pepper and cajun seasoning and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Drain beans and rinse. Add chicken stock, sausage and beans and bring to a boil. Decrease heat to a simmer, and allow to cook for 2-3 hours or until beans are softened. Remove from heat and serve with cooked rice.
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