I've been back home for about a month now, but after living down in Louisiana for 2.5 years, you really to get used to eating Cajun food on the regular. So, I was missing that southern comfort food with spice.
Therefore, I decided to make my favorite Cajun dish and also what I liked to call my specialty for my family: Red Beans and Rice. I've made this several times over the past couple years, and while there were a few mistakes here and there, I really feel like I've got it down now!
I love cooking. I find it so relaxing and fun and I love to share my favorite recipes with people!
That being said, before I share this recipe, I would like to point out that this is simply just my way of making this dish. I'm obviously not from Louisiana and there are a million different recipes and ways to make this, but this is just how it works best for me, and comes out the way I like. I've never had a complaint thus far ;)
1 lb of Cajun Style Andouille Sausage (I always try to find hot)
1 Green Pepper
1 White Onion
4 Ribs of Celery
1 Teaspoon - 1 Tablespoon Cayenne Pepper (depending on how hot you like things)
1 Teaspoon Ground Sage
4 Cloves Garlic (I use already minced)
Salt & Pepper (to taste)
Tony's Creole Seasoning (to taste)
3 Bay Leaves
4 Fresh Sprigs of Thyme
*Soak your red beans in water with salt the night before you plan to make this*
1. Add vegetable oil to heated pan until shimmering.
2. Once the oil is properly heated, add sausage and cook until browned (about 5 minutes).
3. Add chopped green pepper, onion, and celery to the pan. Season with salt and cook until they have browned (about 8-10 minutes).
4. Add garlic and cook until fragrant
5. Add cayenne pepper, ground sage, and fresh black pepper to the pan. Cook until fragrant.
6. Drain red beans and add them to the pan.
7. Add enough water to cover by about 1-2 inches. (About 4-6 cups)
8. Add the fresh sprigs of thyme and bay leaves.
9. Sprinkle in the creole seasoning to taste and give everything a stir.
10. Bring to to a boil and then reduce to a simmer and cover for 2.5 hours (stirring occasionally).
11. After 2.5 hours, uncover and let cook for 20 more minutes.
12. Cook your rice.
And voila! The red bean mixture should be thickened and everything should be ready to serve. Add you rice into a bowl first and scoop some red bean and sausage mixture on top... Yum!
Let me know if you try this and what you think. It's one of my absolute favorites!