Red Beans and Rice

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  • ¼ cup canola oil
    8 cloves garlic, finely chopped
    6 ribs celery, finely chopped
    2 large yellow onions, finely chopped
    2 green bell peppers, stemmed, seeded, and finely chopped
    Kosher salt, to taste
    1 tbsp. ground white pepper
    1 tbsp. dried thyme
    2 tsp. dried oregano
    1 ½ tsp. cayenne
    1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
    1 lb. dried kidney beans, soaked overnight
    4 bay leaves
    1 tbsp. hot sauce, such as Tabasco
    Cooked white rice, for serving
    Thinly sliced scallions, to garnish


Heat oil in an 8-qt. Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add garlic, celery, onions, and peppers, season with salt, and cook, stirring, until soft, about 12 minutes. Add white pepper, thyme, oregano, cayenne, and black pepper, and stir until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add beans,  bay leaves, and 6 cups water, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, and cook, covered, until beans and ham hock are tender, about 2 hours. Remove hocks from pot, remove and discard bones and skin, and finely chop meat; return to pot along with hot sauce, and stir until combined. Serve over rice in bowls and sprinkle with scallions.




Recipe Comments

  1. posted by Eagle born karama on Jan 27, 2013

    i like it

  2. posted by shamim suleiman on Jan 29, 2013

    i realy like this page

  3. posted by jdfan on Feb 4, 2013

    Some of these places, I wonder if they’re even around anymore.

    New Orleans: the Holiday Inn restaurant near the downtown area, it was the nice one. I had some great Red Beans and Rice with sausage.

    San Francisco: The Sears restaurant outside the Wyndham.

    Providence, Rhode Island: Hemenway’s.

  4. posted by Andrew S on Feb 4, 2013

    I went to New Orleans and got some really good food at the Holiday Inn restaurant there. I haven’t had anything like it since. Why hasn’t anyone come up with a good New Orleans chain restaurant?

    I had red beans, rice and sausage or something like that. It was really good.

  5. posted by maskills24 on Feb 5, 2013

    I am told told that the red beans in red beans and rice are actually Pinto Beans.Can someone please give me the correct answer?

  6. posted by heavenly sword on Feb 10, 2013

    I am making red beans and rice for the first time tonight. I am using dried red beans, but I have one more hour to go on simmer, and my beans are still dry inside. I soaked them overnight, too :( Is there something that I can do to soften the beans for dinner tonight still?

  7. posted by Melanie on Feb 12, 2013

    I’m wondering what the best way to make red beans and rice is and how long it takes. thanks for your help.
    ah…i didn’t think to add this. it has to be pork and celery free….

  8. posted by jag43216 on Mar 17, 2013

    I have a can of red beans, bag of rice, and some cajun seasoning. How can I make red beans and rice?
    My father doesn’t eat meat.
    Turns out 2 tablespoons of seasoning did it!

  9. posted by XplicitzZ on Mar 18, 2013

    I am making red beans and rice with sausage and chicken and cornbread. What else can i make as a side? I was thinking maybe cajun potatoes or something like that….what sounds good?

  10. posted by happyha31 on Mar 18, 2013

    If I make red beans and rice with pinto beans will I lose flavor? What about using both?

  11. posted by Goe122 on Mar 19, 2013

    I want to have a cajun themed dinner with jambalaya, red beans and rice, and shrimp gumbo. What kind of meat and veggies will compliment the cajun theme? I am making this dinner for a large group of people.
    Thanks for your help.

  12. posted by NC Baller on Mar 19, 2013

    Some butterfly shrimp and sausage pieces in there too. Along with some sharp cheddar folded in. Love pot luck omelets, I’ll try anything, once. Things like red beans & rice, different bean soups, chilli, or gumbo, etc. all seem to improve their flavour if left to age a bit. (say 24 hours) Why too, is that t?

  13. posted by Lasagna delivery guy on Mar 21, 2013

    What is a mettwurst? Do you think it will taste good in reds beans and rice? I usually put smoked sausage in my red beans and rice but I didn’t have any.

  14. posted by norrin_shadowwolf on Mar 25, 2013

    Normally I would add smoked ham hocks but could not find any here. So I grabbed a package of non smoked pork neck bones and wondered if they could be used in my LA red beans and rice recipe which uses dried kidney beans so it cooks all day, onion, celery, garlic, bay leaf or two. Ham hock would be added after the beans had been cooking a little while with veggies added. Seems to me it would be a fair trade off but never used neck bones before. Is this okay substitution?

  15. posted by JOHN KAISER PHD on Mar 25, 2013

    There are a lot of unique foods that the Japanese have never tried that i think you would enjoy like:
    Spicy fried chicken.
    Red beans and rice.
    Barbequed ribs
    Barbequed brisket
    Sweet potato pie.
    Apple cobbler
    Peach cobbler
    And more

    Feel free to comment my Japanese brothers and sisters.

  16. posted by Mathew on Mar 26, 2013

    I am making red beans and rice, however all the recipes have allot of sodium or unhealthy ingredients.
    I love Emeril but his recipe has sausage, bacon grease ham hocks and bacon. This is a little overboard
    I don’t have to have it be a vegetarian dish but im leaning more towards that. Does anyone have a good healthy& flavorful alternative to the pork riddled version on Essence of Emeril? BTW making it with greens and cornbread.HELP!

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