big ole bill's red beans and rice

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By Bill Heleine
from Sharon, PA

I love Cajun cooking, and this is one of my favorites along with jambalaya and gumbo.

serves 6-8
prep time 40 Min
cook time 3 Hr
method Stove Top

Ingredients For big ole bill's red beans and rice

  • 1 lb
    dry red kidney beans
  • 1 lg
    chopped onion
  • 2 lg
    celery stalks chopped
  • 1
    chopped green bell pepper
  • 1/4 c
    olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp
    minced garlic
  • 2
    whole bay leaves
  • 6 c
    water
  • 1/4 tsp
    dried sage
  • 1 tsp
    dried thyme
  • 1 Tbsp
    dried parsley
  • 1 Tbsp
    cajun seasoning
  • 2 lb
    andouille sausage sliced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • long grain rice

How To Make big ole bill's red beans and rice

  • 1
    Rinse the kidney beans in a strainer. Put them in a bowl and cover with water. Let them soak overnight.
  • 2
    Heat the oil in a skillet on medium heat, and then add the celery, garlic, bell pepper and onion to the pan. Continue to cook for about five minutes until the vegetables are slightly softened. Set aside.
  • 3
    Rinse and drain the beans. Put them in a large pot with 6 cups of water. Add the vegetable mixture you just fried to the pot.
  • 4
    Add the bay leaves, thyme, sage, Cajun seasoning, and parsley to the pot. Bring to a boil and then reduce to simmer. Cook for two hours uncovered.
  • 5
    Add a small amount of salt and pepper to taste. Stir the sausage into the pot and simmer for an additional 30 minutes.
  • 6
    While it simmering, cook your rice according to package directions. I personally like jasmine rice, but any type will work including white and brown.
  • 7
    Serve the beans and sausage dish over the rice.

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