I am not a bean fan, really, but I do try them from time to time. One dish I actually do happen to like after trying it in New Orleans is red beans and rice. I think the key is the right bean. I am very picky about my beans. No kidney beans for me, thank you very much. Anyway, I came across this recipe and decided to give it a try with a couple modifications.
First off, this recipe was super, duper easy. I mean really easy! Especially as I had the onions and peppers in the freezer already diced. I like easy!
- 1 pound bag of small red beans
- 1/2 onion chopped
- 1 bell pepper chopped
- 1 garlic clove minced
- 4 ounces of ham or smoked sausage diced (not hot or italian style). Andouille sausage would be great if you can get it.
- 3 tablespoons cajun seasoning blend of choice
- 7-1/2 cups of water
- Cooked rice for serving
Everything into the pool except for the rice, stir and cover. Cook on high for 7 hours. That’s it! After 7 hours, I turned it down to low and just left it for another hour or so. John cooked up some rice and we were all set.
The beans were nice and soft and not grainy at all (my biggest peeve with beans). I was a little worried that it might be too salty, but considering this made about 8 cups of beans, it was pretty much right on.
I portioned this out and froze a bunch for future meals. Very economical and tasty!
If you don’t think you like beans, give this a try. Coming from someone who doesn’t like them actually eating and enjoying them – they are good!