How to Cook the Best Red Beans

by Jeremy Meachum

Red beans and rice are a staple food of Louisiana. We generally eat them when a week. When I went to school, we had them on the lunch menu every single week. Now, there perhaps some other group of folks that eat them extra than us, but I haven't met them. And besides all that, we make them the finest in New Orleans.

Red beans, like all beans, are hard and dry when you initial get started with them. The very first issue you want to do is wash them and pick out the negative beans. Skip this step and you will have Aunt Mary out to get you for leaving a funky bean in your red beans. Following you wash them you need to soak them over night. Soaking them will soften them due to the fact the water is absorbed into the bean. This will also make them grow to be bigger.

There are a few ingredients you will want to make your red beans truly stand out. You absolutely want some rice and smoked sausage. In addition, you require onions, bell pepper, and spices. The spices will be combined to make a dry mix that you will add to the beans.

The spices consist of onion powder, garlic powder, dry mustard, thyme, cayenne, chili powder, salt and pepper. For all of the spices you use one particular to two teaspoons per pound of dry beans, except for the salt, pepper, and cayenne. You ought to use these according to your taste and your precise diet wants.

When you have the dry spice mix prepared and you have chopped 2 medium onions and 2 green bell peppers, you need to have to drain the beans and put them on the side. In a 5 quart pot, heat up a table spoon of olive oil, putting the onions and bell peppers in immediately after the oil just begins to smoke. Cook the onions and bell pepper for 6 minutes or till they are brown. Right after this, lower the heat and add the soaked red beans and stir in the spice mix. Be positive you coat all of the beans with the seasoning.

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