Thursday, January 21, 2016

The BEST Red Beans and Rice

This red beans and rice recipe has a little bit of a kick. If you have kids who can't eat anything too spicy, omit the cayenne until you can taste-test! For us, this was PERFECT. 

1 pound of dried red kidney beans, rinsed 
1 yellow onion, chopped
5 ribs of celery, chopped 
16 ounces Cajun smoked sausage, cut in half lengthwise then sliced
1/4 tsp pepper 
1 tsp. chicken bouillon 
1 tsp. kosher salt 
1/4- 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
2 bay leaves
1 T minced garlic
1 T Cajun seasoning 
6 cups water (to cover beans) 
5-6 cups of UNCOOKED rice 

1. Brown your sausage in a skillet.
2. Place all ingredients except rice into a crockpot. 
3. Cook on high for 8 hours or low for 10 hours.
4. An hour before serving, partially mash the beans with a potato masher. This will give the red beans and rice the thicker, creamier texture. 
5. Place on "warm" setting and cook your rice. Serve! 

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