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Classic Creole Slow-Cooked Red Beans with Rice

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Classic Creole Slow-Cooked Red Beans with Rice

Difficulty:BeginnerPrep time: 15 minutesCook time:8 hours Rest time: minutesTotal time:8 hours 15 minutesServings:8 servingsCalories:607 kcal Best Season:Suitable throughout the year

Description

Indulge in the heartwarming flavors of the South with this classic Creole dish. Red beans and rice is a traditional Monday meal in New Orleans, but with the convenience of a slow cooker, you can enjoy this savory comfort food any day of the week. The beans are cooked to perfection with a blend of spices, smoked sausage, and the Holy Trinity of onion, celery, and bell pepper, delivering a meal that’s both nourishing and satisfying.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Pour water into the basin of your slow cooker, and add the kidney beans, sliced sausage, chopped onion, diced green bell pepper, sliced celery, minced garlic, and a bay leaf.
  2. Mix these ingredients well to ensure even distribution.
  3. Adjust your slow cooker to the Low setting and let the mixture simmer for a minimum of 8 hours.
  4. Once the cooking time is complete, locate the bay leaf, remove it from the dish, and dispose of it. Finish the dish by seasoning with salt and freshly ground black pepper according to your preference.

Notes

  • – For a less spicy version, reduce or omit the cayenne pepper.
    – Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or frozen for longer storage.
    – Garnish with green onions or parsley if desired for added flavor and presentation.

Can I use canned red beans instead of dry?

Yes, but the cooking time will be less, and you should drain and rinse the beans before adding them to the slow cooker.

Is it necessary to soak the beans overnight?

This recipe does not require soaking the beans, as the slow cooking process will tenderize them.

Can I add other types of meat to this dish?

Yes, ham hocks or andouille sausage are also traditional choices for this dish.

How can I thicken the bean mixture if it’s too watery?

You can remove the lid and cook on High for an additional 30 minutes to an hour to reduce the liquid, or mash some of the beans to thicken the sauce.

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    06/20/2024 06:28 am GMT

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