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Red Beans and Rice

Red Beans and Rice with a thick bean sauce, called "gravy" in New Orleans. Stove top, pressure cooker and slow cooker directions.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound dry small red beans
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or bacon grease or rendered ham fat if available
  • 1 medium onion diced (divided use)
  • 1/2 bell pepper diced
  • 1/4 cup celery diced
  • 3 tablespoons minced garlic divided use
  • 2 ham hocks or 1 ham bone
  • 1 tablespoon Worstershire sauce
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • cooked white rice about 1/2 cup per person

Instructions

  1. ALL METHODS: ‎Soak beans overnight, drain and rinse.

  2. Sauté onions, garlic, peppers and celery in olive oil until onions are translucent. Remove approximately half of mixture and set aside.

    STOVE TOP: Use a large stock pot

    PRESSURE COOKER: Directly in the pressure cooker

    SLOW COOKER: Use a skillet on the stove.

  3. Cook the beans half way.

    STOVE TOP: Add beans, ham hocks/ bone, Worcestershire sauce, bay leaves and thyme. Cover beans with water. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and cook for 1 - 1.5 hours until beans are soft. Watch water level every 30 minutes or so and add additional 1/4 to 1/2 cup water as needed. You want this to be a bit "soupy".

    PRESSURE COOKER: Add beans, ham hocks/ bone, Worcestershire sauce, bay leaves and thyme. Cover beans with water. Bring to pressure and cook on high pressure for 15 minutes or 28 minutes on low.

    SLOW COOKER: Put half of the sautéed vegetables in the slow cooker with beans, ham hocks/ bone, Worcestershire sauce, bay leaves and thyme. Pour approximately one cup of water into the skillet and return to stove for a minute or so to deglaze (loosen the bits stuck on the pan).

    Add water to the slow cooker plus enough additional water to cover beans. If you will not be monitoring the water level, add enough water to come about an inch over the beans.

    Cook on low for 4-6 hours or on high 2-3 hours.

  4. Finish cooking

    STOVE TOP: Add reserved vegetables, adjust seasoning and add extra liquid if needed. Cook for 20- 30 more minutes on simmer until beans are very soft.

    PRESSURE COOKER: Quick release pressure and open the pot. Add reserved vegetables, adjust seasonings and add extra liquid if needed. Bring back to pressure and cook for 15 minutes on high pressure or 28 minutes on low. Release pressure naturally.

    SLOW COOKER: If you are available, add reserved vegetables, adjust seasonings and add extra liquid if needed the last hour of cooking. If not either add all of the vegetables at the start or add the last half at the end.

  5. Remove ham hocks / bone and bay leaves from the pot and set aside to cool slightly. Remove meat from the bone and shred or chop.

  6. Mash about 1/4 of the beans in the pot with the back of the spoon, a potato masher or immersion blender. You want to have a thick gravy with some whole beans.

  7. Add ham to the beans and stir. Serve over cooked rice with a pork chop, Andouillle sausage or chicken breast if desired.