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The quintessential New Orleans dish, traditionally served on Mondays. It was an old custom from the time when a ham was served as the Sunday meal and Monday was washday. A pot of beans, with the reserved ham bone, could sit on the stove and simmer while the women were busy scrubbing clothes.
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Soak the beans overnight. The next day, drain and put fresh water in the pot with the beans. Bring the beans to a rolling boil. Make sure the beans are always covered by water, or they will discolor and get hard. Boil the beans for about 45 - 60 minutes, until the beans are tender but not falling apart. Drain.
While the beans are boiling, saute the Trinity (onions, celery, bell pepper) until the onions turn translucent. Add the garlic and saute for 2 more minutes, stirring occasionally. After the beans are boiled and drained, add the sauteed vegetables to the beans, then add the ham bone (or smoked ham or pickle meat), smoked sausage, seasonings, and just enough water to cover.
Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a low simmer with lid askew. Cook for 2 hours at least, preferably 3, until the whole thing gets nice and creamy. Adjust seasonings as you go along. Stir occasionally, making sure that it doesn't burn and/or stick to the bottom of the pot. (If the beans are old say, older than six months to a year they won't get creamy. Make sure the beans are reasonably fresh. If it's still not getting creamy, take 1 or 2 cups of beans out and mash them, then return them to the pot and stir.)
If you can ... let the beans cool, stick them in the fridge, and reheat and serve for dinner the next day. They'll taste a LOT better. When you do this, you'll need to add a little water to get them to the right consistency.
Serve generous amounts over hot white long-grain rice, with good French bread and cold beer. You may also serve grilled or broiled fresh Creole hot sausage on the side. Sprinkle with the green onions, or better yet, some chopped pickled onions. The vinegar in the pickled onions makes the dish.
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Stacyv 2 months agoWas delicious! Nice way to use up a ham bone and left over ham.
Lyleaberto 4 months agoLoved it! My family couldn't stay out of it!
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brim 10 months agovery good. i used left over ham instead of the ham bone, and 4 15oz cans of kidney beans instead of soaking the pound of dry bean over night.
Lyleaberto 1 year agoDad gum, this here is good eatin' !
chadbug 1 year agoMmmm mmmmm good
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Heatherl3887 1 year agoI made for a group of friends and they loved it!
Gutzj01 1 year agoI made this exactly per instructions (including chilling it overnight) and it was INCREDIBLE! Best red beans and rice I have ever had. I highly recommend it. Tons of flavor.
lindajohnson4 1 year agoThis was very good I added more creole spices as well as tobacco to make it spicy
Lyleaberto 1 year agoDad gum this is some kinda good!!
pmarin41 1 year agoAbsolutely delicious. Just what I was looking for
fredhammer 1 year agoThis is really good.
PapaLew 4 years ago[I posted this recipe.]