It’s something about a slow cooked “big ol” pot of red beans and rice that takes me back to my childhood. My grandmother was a true creole woman and made the best red beans and rice. So this recipe is a a nod to her. I think what I love most about this recipe is it is cooked low and slow so I start it early and let it go so that I can on about my day while all those flavors meld together to create the perfect creole dish.
Moreover, Red Beans and Rice is a classic Southern dish that brings together the simplicity of ingredients with a burst of complex flavors. This iconic dish is a staple in Louisiana cuisine, known for its rich history and ability to bring people together around the table.
So, if you need a low and slow recipe that you can let simmer for hours, this is the recipe for you!
WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS RECIPE
My Red Beans and Rice recipe isn’t just a dish; it’s a symphony of flavors that will enchant your taste buds. Crafted with love and inspired by Southern, creole tradition, this dish promises a perfect balance of hearty goodness and aromatic spices, making it an absolute crowd-pleaser.
- Flavorful Ingredients: The combination of red kidney beans, Andouille sausage, turkey wings, and a medley of aromatic vegetables creates a symphony of flavors. Each ingredient contributes its unique taste, resulting in a rich and satisfying dish.
- Southern Tradition: Rooted in Southern culinary tradition, this recipe captures the essence of comfort and hospitality. It’s a dish that not only nourishes the body but also evokes a sense of warmth and community.
- Slow-Simmered Goodness: Allowing the beans and other ingredients to simmer slowly on low heat helps develop deep, complex flavors. The turkey wings contribute a hearty richness that infuses the entire dish.
- Versatile and Filling: Red Beans and Rice is a versatile dish that can be served on its own or paired with rice for a hearty and complete meal. It’s perfect for feeding a crowd or enjoying as a comforting family dinner.
- Nutrient-Rich: The inclusion of red kidney beans and turkey wings not only adds to the flavor but also brings essential nutrients to the table. This dish is a good source of protein, fiber, and other important vitamins and minerals.
- Adaptability: The recipe provides notes on making it vegetarian, offering flexibility for different dietary preferences. This adaptability ensures that the dish can be enjoyed by a wide range of individuals.
In essence, the Red Beans and Rice recipe excels in its thoughtful combination of ingredients, respect for tradition, and a well-executed cooking process, resulting in a dish that’s not just a meal but an experience to savor and share.
- Red Kidney Beans: Packed with protein and fiber, these beans add a hearty texture to the dish.
- Andouille Sausage: Infusing a smoky, spicy kick, Andouille sausage contributes a distinct Cajun flavor.
- Bell Peppers, Celery, and Onion: These aromatic veggies bring a medley of flavors and a delightful crunch.
- Bayou City Seasoning: A blend of spices that elevates the dish with its characteristic warmth and depth.
How To make red beans and rice
- Soak red kidney beans overnight.
- Sauté Andouille sausage, bell peppers, and celery.
- Add soaked beans, seasoning, turkey wings and broth.
- Simmer until beans are tender.
- Serve over fluffy white rice.
Tips for perfect red beans and rice
- firstly, Soak Beans Overnight: Ensure a creamy texture by soaking beans overnight.
- Low and Slow Cooking: Simmer on low heat for rich, deep flavors.
- Frequent Stirring: Stir occasionally to prevent sticking and enhance the dish’s consistency.
Quick Soak Red Beans:
This quick soak method helps to soften the beans rapidly, making them suitable for dishes like Red Beans and Rice without the need for overnight soaking. Remember that while this method accelerates the soaking process, allowing the beans to soak longer, if possible, will still enhance their texture and reduce cooking time further.
- Rinse the Beans:
- Place the dried red beans in a colander and rinse them under cold running water. Remove any debris or impurities.
- Boil Water:
- In a large pot, bring enough water to cover the beans by at least 2 inches to a boil.
- Add Beans to Boiling Water:
- Add the rinsed red beans to the boiling water.
- Boil for 2 Minutes:
- Allow the beans to boil rapidly for about 2 minutes.
- Remove from Heat:
- After boiling, remove the pot from the heat.
- Cover and Let Sit:
- Cover the pot with a lid and let the beans sit in the hot water for 1 hour.
- Drain and Rinse:
- After the soaking period, drain the beans and rinse them thoroughly under cold water.
How to Make this Recipe Vegetarian:
This recipe can easily be made vegan/vegetarian. Simply omit the Andouille sausage or replace it with a plant-based alternative. Also, replace chicken stock with veggie stock and omit the turkey wings.The dish will still boast a delicious blend of flavors without compromising on its Southern charm.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can I use canned beans?
A: While canned beans can be used, soaking dried beans overnight is recommended for the best texture and flavor.
Q: How spicy is this dish?
A: The level of spiciness can be adjusted by modifying the amount of Creole seasoning or opting for a milder sausage.
Q: How do I store leftovers?
A: Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days or freeze for longer shelf life.
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Red Beans and Rice
- 1 lb red kidney beans soaked overnight
- 1 lb andouille sausage
- 2 turkey wings
- 1 large onion chopped
- 3 celery stalks diced
- 2 bell peppers diced
- 6 garlic cloves minced
- 4 bay leaves
- 6 cups chicken stock
- 1 tbs hot sauce
- 1 tbs Bayou City All Purpose Seasoning
- 1/2 tbs Bayou City Garlic Pepper
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp creole seasoning
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- salt and pepper to taste
- cooked white rice for serving
- green onion for serving
- Drain and rinse the soaked (over night) red kidney beans.
- In a large pot, cook Andouille sausage until browned. Remove excess fat.
- Add onion, celery, bell pepper, and garlic to the skillet. Sauté until vegetables are softened.
- Add beans, chicken stock, turkey wings, and bay leaves to the pot with the sausage and vegetables.
- Season with bayou city seasonings, onion powder, thyme, paprika, salt, and pepper. Stir well.
- Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer. Cover and cook until beans and turkey wings are tender (approximately 2.5 hours).
- Remove turkey wings from the pot and separate the meat from the bones. Add the meat back to the pot and continue to let simmer, uncovered, for 30-45 more minutes until all the liquid has absorbed and the red beans thicken. (I also add one of the bones back to the pot to get all that flavor, optional)
- Taste and adjust seasonings according to your preference.
- Serve the Red Beans and Rice over a bed of white rice.Garnish with chopped green onions.
- This dish develops even more flavor when refrigerated overnight.
- If you prefer a spicier kick, add a pinch of cayenne pepper or hot sauce.
- Ensure the turkey wings are fully cooked and tender before serving.
- Red Beans and Rice freeze well for future quick and delicious meals.
- If you’re short on time and need to quickly soak red beans, you can use the “quick soak” method. Allow the beans to boil rapidly for about 2 minutes. After boiling, remove the pot from the heat. Cover the pot with a lid and let the beans sit in the hot water for 1 hour. After the soaking period, drain the beans and rinse them thoroughly under cold water.