Red Beans and Rice

This dish is always a big hit around our place. Sometimes we use as a main dish with cornbread for lunch. The we use as it a side for dinner. The beans have a lot of protein and the rice gives you carbohydrates. A win-win combination.

  • 1 pound Red Kidney Beans
  • 3 cups Water
  • 1 or 2 Ham Hocks
  • 1 medium Onion, chopped
  • 1 clove Garlic, peeled and pressed
  • 1 rib Celery, chopped with leaves if any
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1 pound Sausage of your choice, we like the Spicy kind
  • 2 cups Cooked Brown Rice
  • Chopped Green Onions
  • Grated Cheddar Cheese

Cover the beans with water and soak overnight. You can also use a quick soak method.* Drain the water from the soaked beans. Put 3 cups of fresh water in a large soup pot and bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Add salt, ham, onion, garlic, celery and bay leaf. Simmer for 2 hours. Add water if needed.

Remove ham hocks from the beans. Cut the meat into small chunks. Put these back into the pot. Discard the bones, skin and fat. I give that to the dogs who just love it. Cut the sausage into small pieces and cook in a skillet. After it is cooked and brown put into the bean pot. Simmer for about 30 minutes.  Place the rice in a large serving platter and spoon the beans over the rice. Garnish with green onions and cheese.  

*Put the beans in a large pot. Cover with water and bring to a boil. Cook for 2 minutes with a lid on. Turn off heat and let stand for 1 to 2 hours. Drain water and continue with the recipe.

About okieranchwife

I am a transplant to Oklahoma and an escapee from an unspecifed Northeast State. I enjoy growing my gardens and cooking what I grow.
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2 Responses to Red Beans and Rice

  1. Melinda says:

    can u make it without the ham hocks? what if you have ham steaks? just wondering…

  2. Absolutely! I have even made it by just throwing 6 or 7 slices of bacon if I had nothing else. Enjoy! And thank you checking out the blog.

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