There are few dishes that embody the great state of Louisiana more than red beans and rice, but you don’t have to be a native to enjoy this Cajun masterpiece at home! Put on your apron and fire up the stove—here’s how to make authentic Louisiana red beans and rice. Bon appétit!
For this recipe of 8 servings, you’ll need 1 pound of dried kidney beans, ¼ cup of olive oil, 1 large onion (chopped), 1 large green pepper (chopped), 2 tablespoons of minced garlic, 2 stalks of celery (chopped), 10 cups of water, 2 bay leaves, ½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper, 1 teaspoon of dried thyme, ¼ teaspoon of dried sage, 1 teaspoon of Cajun seasoning, 1 tablespoon of dried parsley, 1 pound of Andouille sausage, and 2 cups of long grain white rice. Make sure to rinse and soak the beans overnight before you begin.
First, put the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Sautee the onion, bell pepper, garlic, and celery in the olive oil for about 3 or 4 minutes. Rinse the beans once again and place them in a large pot with 6 cups of water. Add the sautéed vegetables and season the beans with the cayenne, bay leaves, thyme, parsley, sage, and Cajun seasoning. Bring the mixture to a boil, and then turn the heat to medium-low and simmer for 2 ½ hours.
Next, add the sausage to the beans and simmer for another 30 minutes. In the meantime, prepare the white rice by bringing it to a boil in a saucepan with the remaining 4 cups of water. Reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
Lastly, serve the beans and sausage over the rice and enjoy!
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