A Traditional New Orleans Monday Dinner is Red Beans & Rice: Recipe Included

One can not think of New Orleans without thinking of Red Beans and Rice. There are many recipes for Red Beans & Rice and various brands of beans that cooks use, but I believe that the best pot of Red Beans and Rice is made with Camellia red kidney beans. Camellia Brand® is a New Orleans company specializing in beans, peas, and lentils.

 

I have tried many brands of beans, whether white, red, or green and Camellia Brands always produce the best pot of beans. Their beans cook up creamier than any other brand. Plus, it’s the only brand my Momo (grandmother), and my Mama used. A bag or two was always in the pantry.

If you don’t live in New Orleans or anywhere in Louisiana, you can order them online.

 

 

One can not think of New Orleans without thinking of Red Beans and Rice. There are many recipes for Red Beans & Rice and various brands of beans that cooks use, but I believe that the best pot of Red Beans and Rice is made with Camellia red kidney beans. Camellia Brand® is a New Orleans company specializing in beans, peas, and lentils.

I have tried many brands of beans, be it white, red, or green, and Camellia Brands always prove to cook up the best pot of beans. Their beans just cook up creamier than any other brand. Plus, it’s the only brand my Momo (grandmother), and my Mama used. A bag or two was always in the pantry.

If you don’t live in New Orleans or anywhere in Louisiana, you can order them online.

 

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Blue Runner brand sells bagged red beans as well.

 

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A little history of Red Beans & Rice  
 
What I love about the history of cooking Red Beans and Rice is; it was about survival, making something taste good out of a little of nothing. You can feed a family of 4-6 people with one bag of red beans and the meat parts known as throw-away parts back in the days of slavery and segregation.

In New Orleans, Mondays were laundry day in New Orleans, and red beans and rice were an easy dish to put on the stove and leave. The dish is a standard offering every Monday in New Orleans restaurants. 

What’s in my pot

As you know, dried red beans are hard. So they need to soak (this will also reduce the cooking time by about a third). When I’m in a hurry, I rinse and clean my beans, put them in a pot of water, bring them to a boil, and let them sit for an hour then, and I begin my cooking process. But you can place the beans in a bowl of cold water and let them sit overnight. Make sure to sort through the beans, as I have found small hard particles in mines. For some reason, my Momo used to toss out the broken and abnormally darker beans, but I leave the broken beans, especially after seeing all the smashing done to make creamier beans.

 

Another thing I do differently is adding A P Patton hot sausage to my beans along with smoked sausage, pickled pigtails, and smoked ham.

 

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Hot SausageA P Patton

 

Smoked SausageSavoie’s
 

 

You may wonder what pickled meat, pigtails, and Tasso are. Pickling Meat is a way of curing and preserving different types of meats and was developed before the days of refrigeration or easy access to ice for keeping meats cold. Pickled pork, or “pickle meat,” as it’s called in New Orleans, is what New Orleanians consider the perfect seasoning meat for red beans and rice, and other bean dishes. Some use ham hocks, some smoked ham, and some even use Tasso. But all New Orleanians’ will tell you that it ain’t red beans without pickle meat. Some people just boil the meat with the beans, but my Momo taught me to boil the pickled meat separately to avoid a salty pot. She would also sauté the cooked pickled pigtails before adding them to the pot of red beans.

 

Pickled MeatSavoie’s

What in the world is Tasso? It’s lean strips of boneless pork, which are marinated in a special seasoning and then heavily smoked to create a Cajun delicacy. Tasso is sliced or diced into small pieces and added to beans, vegetables, gumbos, or red beans and rice to add flavor.

 

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In addition to that, my ”Holy Trinity ” consists of bell pepper, onion, garlic, green onion, and parsley. I do not like celery and try not to use it, but please adjust to your taste.

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups Long grain white or brown rice, cooked
  • 1 (1-pound) package Camellia Brand Red Kidney Beans or Red Kidney Beans
  • 1 (32-ounce) container no-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups of water, as needed
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • ½ cup chopped parsley
  • ½ cup chopped green onion
  • 4-7 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound of Tasso, smoked ham, or pickled pork or a large ham hock
  • 1 pound smoked sausage
  • 3 slices of bacon, chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ½ tablespoon of vegetable or canola oil
  • Hot sauce to taste
  • Creole or Cajun seasoning to taste
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Sliced green onion, for garnish, optional

Directions:

Rinse and sort beans. (Optional: Soak beans using your preferred method. I like to soak my beans overnight or the quick-boil method for 10 minutes and sit them for three hours. Soaking beans in water helps them cook up more tender.

Place beans in a large, heavy pot and cover with chicken broth and water. If needed, add fresh water mixture in a ratio of 1 part beans to 2 parts water.

Bring the beans to a rolling boil, lower heat, and simmer for 1-2 hours or until tender. Stir often (so that beans don’t stick to the bottom of the pot) and add water as needed.

Sauté meats in that same skillet, but separately with a bit of olive or vegetable oil, until nicely browned. Remove meat, save drippings, and set aside. (I still like to sauté all of the ingredients rather than just dump everything in the pot raw. Doing so heightens the flavor. Multiple cured pork products lend deep flavor to the beans.)

In drippings, skillet adds onions, green onion, and bell pepper and sauté until tender. Add garlic, bay leaf, thyme, and sauté for 2 minutes; sprinkle with seasoning salt, stirring occasionally.

Add meat and sautéed vegetables to the beans. Water should cover all.

Continue to simmer for 1-3 hours, until beans are tender and creamy (continue to stir and avoid burning on the bottom of the pot).

To make creamier beans, remove 2 or 3 cups of beans from the pot, puree them with a mixer or blender, and return to the pot. Add hot sauce, salt, pepper, and/or Creole seasoning to taste.

Serve over hot white rice, garnish with chopped green onions or parsley with buttered cornbread or French bread.

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Red Beans & Rice with smoked sausage and French bread
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Red Beans & Rice with smoked sausage and cornbread

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