My Granny use to make this ,she cooked her own red beans.But I really like this way better ,it has just the right amount of seasoning.....Now they are selling these Blue Runner Creole Cream Style Red Beans all over the U.S.Wal-Mart carries them in the can good section...I think I orginal got this recipe from WWL-Tv out of New Orleans ,but I have did some tweaking..
1First you make a roux,with the flour and the oil,till it is a rich brown color ,add chopped onions,shallots,bell pepper,garlic,smoked sausage,ham seasoning and andouille sausage.Cook at medium to low heat for 10-15 minutes.Add about 4 cups of water and simmer gently.
2While the above is simmering ,put the Blue Runner Creol Cream Style Red Beans ,with one can of water or chicken broth per can in the blender or food processor to liquify.(I do this one can at a time ,less mess)After the beans or liquifed ,pour beans in the pot with other ingredients and bring to a boil.Mixture can be thined by adding a little more water.Let simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour ..Stir and do not let scorch .You can add file if you want it just before serving....Some folks like a chopped boiled egg served on top.Season to taste and serve over rice or eat with French Bread or Crackers..I like hot sauce with mine....You can use chicken in it or shrimp .This is gumbo use what ever meat you like....
3Personal ,this recipe can be doubled or even tripled ,if you like .When my brothers or here ,I double the recipe .Just double all the ingredients.