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New Orleans Red Beans & Rice Recipe

Updated on February 23, 2011
 New Orleans Red Beans & Rice in just 30-45 minutes Depending on your culinary proficiency!
New Orleans Red Beans & Rice in just 30-45 minutes Depending on your culinary proficiency!
 Great ingredients are the foundation of this great dish! Banana peppers growing out back!
Great ingredients are the foundation of this great dish! Banana peppers growing out back!
 Most of what you'll need for this dish!
Most of what you'll need for this dish!
 Running 1 can of kidney beans through the blender is the easiest way to thicken up your beans quickly!
Running 1 can of kidney beans through the blender is the easiest way to thicken up your beans quickly!
 Bacon packs a lot of flavor and leaves drippings to cook the sausage and ham!
Bacon packs a lot of flavor and leaves drippings to cook the sausage and ham!
 The ham & sausage done and ready to join the beans.
The ham & sausage done and ready to join the beans.
 Cook the banana peppers,onions,celery,minced garlic and green onion tops in the ham and sausage dripping along with 1 Tbs. olive oil.
Cook the banana peppers,onions,celery,minced garlic and green onion tops in the ham and sausage dripping along with 1 Tbs. olive oil.
 Red beans done and ready for plating!
Red beans done and ready for plating!
 Red beans & rice together at last!
Red beans & rice together at last!

New Orleans Red Beans & Rice

Quicker & Easier! This is a New Orleans Rice & Bean recipe that I think you'll find very flavorful, yet easier and a lot quicker than most! In fact it is so fast that it can be made in 30-45 minutes or just about the time it takes to make white rice. The reason it is so fast to make is that I use canned kidney beans instead of dried beans that must be soaked over night and take up to 1 1/2- 2 hours to cook. I don't think you can honestly tell the difference taste wise, but you'll have a lot of extra time for other things, like making a great desert!

Some like it hot! Some not so much, for this reason I recommend that you use a mild Andouille sausage and control the heat with the cayenne and the hot sauce that you carefully add and taste to insure that the beans aren't too spicy for your guest (more hot sauce can be added to plates that want more heat individually)!

Ingredients

1 Tablespoon olive oil

1 Large onion chopped

3/4 Cup chopped banana peppers or bell peppers

5 Slices thick bacon

1/2 Cup chopped celery

1/2 Teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/4 Cup chopped green onion tops

1/4 Teaspoon fresh ground pepper

1 Teaspoon thyme

3 Bay leaves

1 Pound fully cooked ham cut into 1/2 inch pieces

14 ounces Andouille sausage cut into 1/4 inch pieces

4 - 15 oz. cans of red kidney beans

1 Teaspoon hot sauce

2 Tablespoons minced garlic

3 Cups of long grain white rice

6 Cups of water

Directions

Rice Begin by adding 6 cups of very hot water to large pot, bring to a boil and add 3 cups of rice and reduce to simmer for 20 minutes, turn off drain and let set for 5 minutes before serving.

Beans Add 3 cans of kidney beans to a large pot, puree 1 can of kidney beans in a blender. and add it to the pot. Add 1 tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper, 1/4 tsp. pepper, 1 tsp. thyme, and 1 tsp.hot sauce to the pot with the kidney beans and put on lid and put heat on simmer. Continue to stir with wooden spoon every 5 minutes,( if at any time beans look too thick, add a little water)

Meat While the beans are simmering and the rice is cooking, brown 5 thick strips of bacon, remove bacon chop up fine and add to beans. In the bacon dripping brown up the Andouille sausage half way then add diced ham until both are done, then add to the beans.

Vegetables Add 1 Tbs. olive oil to the sausage and ham drippings and add 1/2 of chopped celery, cook for about 2-3 minutes and then add the 1 chopped onion, 3/4 cup chopped banana peppers and 2 Tbs. minced garlic. When the onion is transparent and celery no longer crunchy add to pot with beans and meats. You are now finished, as soon as the rice has simmered 20 minutes and rested for 5 minutes you are ready to serve!

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      nifty@50 6 years ago

      Sounds like Louis Armstrong & I have something in common! Not the trumpet, we both love red beans and rice! Thanks tonymac04 for that bit of triva and your post!

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      Tony McGregor 6 years ago from South Africa

      This looks and sounds scrumptious! Did you know that this was Satchmo's favourite dish? He even used to sign off his letters "Red beans and ricely yours...!"

      Love and peace.

      Tony

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      nifty@50 6 years ago

      Thanks images99 for your post & your kind comment! Cooking is something I enjoy doing and I like the challenge of new recipes.

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      images99 6 years ago

      I love your recipes.

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      nifty@50 6 years ago

      Thanks CYBERSUPE for your post! This recipe is super fast, I think you'll like it!

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      nifty@50 6 years ago

      Thanks Money glitch for your kind comments! I have to give credit to my wife for the photos, she is a professional and has even been paid to do weddings! A recipe book is a goal of mine, but for now hub pages is my library.

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      CYBERSUPE 6 years ago from MALVERN, PENNSYLVANIA, U.S.A.

      What a great dish. WOW! my wife will get this recipe for sure. It is only 9:30 in the AM and I already hungry for lunch after reading this Hub. Many Thanks!

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      Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas

      Another great recipe with awesome pictures that makes a southern girl, hungry. :) Nifty you should compose your own cookbook; you have such awesome recipes. Thanks for sharing. :)

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      nifty@50 6 years ago

      I agree, red beans & rice is an excellent source of protein and essential amino acids. The spices released by cooking the Andouille sausage add a lot of flavor and just a little heat. Thanks prasetio30 for your post!

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      nifty@50 6 years ago

      Thanks Peggy W for your post! This Red beans & Rice recipe is good & quick, I hope you'll try it! I think banana peppers are the best things to grow in the Topsy Turvys! I've had better luck with them than tomatoes!

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Red Bean is good for our health. It proven by many researches. I found good combination between red bean and rice. Wow...it look delicious. I really enjoy the video tutorial in making this food. Final word, "Do you have some more for me?" My friend, you make me hungry, LOL. Thanks for share this hub. Vote up as usual.

      Blessing

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I love red beans and rice and this looks like a great recipe. May have to try growing some banana peppers next year in our yard. Yours looked like they were doing well.

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      nifty@50 6 years ago

      You're right! The entire dish cost under 15 dollars to make and feeds 8 people! Thanks Mentalist acer for your post!

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      nifty@50 6 years ago

      Thanks rocco071 for your post! There are many variations of Red Beans & Rice and this is one of my favorites!

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      Mentalist acer 6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      Red Beans and Rice are also economocal and you did a fine job of presenting the dish Nifty@50;)

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      rocco071 6 years ago from by the lake

      Oh, I shouldn't have seen this... Now I'm hungry, very hungry :)

      Two thumbs up!