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Thu Mar 7, 2019, 12:06 PM

Cajun-style Red Beans and Rice

So, after last week's enormous pot of gumbo, this is the last Cajun food you'll see from us for a while, I promise! But this is the side dish we served with the gumbo, and it's classic Cajun-style red beans and rice. Like so much of Cajun food, the flavour profile is based on Holy Trinity (onions, bell pepper, and celery) which is the Cajun equivalent of French mirepoix (onions, carrots, and celery). And even though this recipe has a lot of ingredients in common with the gumbo, it manages to resist being samey, and comes out as a great complimentary side-dish to the big rich and flavourful gumbo.

The type of beans you use can be your favourite, it doesn't need to be kidney beans. If you like pinto beans, use'em. Likewise, the aromatics can be switched around a little in this. My hubby (the chef for all of our videos), doesn't particularly like bell peppers (they give him terrible acid reflux) and also finds green bell pepper particularly boring or insipid in dishes like this, so he replaced one of the bell peppers in the recipe with a poblano pepper. You can also adjust your seasoning however you like at the end with Tabasco, Worcestershire, or more Cajun seasoning like we used in the gumbo. Also, if you can't get andouille sausage, a nice flavourful sausage of your choice will work well in here. Anything from kielbasa to chorizo!

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Reply Cajun-style Red Beans and Rice (Original post)
Saviolo Mar 2019 OP
Luciferous Mar 2019 #1
Major Nikon Mar 2019 #2
sweetroxie Mar 2019 #3
Saviolo Mar 2019 #4
Laura PourMeADrink Mar 2019 #5
Saviolo Mar 2019 #8
trof Mar 2019 #6
Laura PourMeADrink Mar 2019 #9
trof Mar 2019 #10
Laura PourMeADrink Mar 2019 #11
trof Mar 2019 #12
Laura PourMeADrink Mar 2019 #13
trof Mar 2019 #14
Kali Mar 2019 #7

Response to Saviolo (Original post)

Thu Mar 7, 2019, 12:11 PM

1. Yum! Just picked up some kielbasa so I think we might have to try this over the weekend.

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Response to Saviolo (Original post)

Thu Mar 7, 2019, 12:43 PM

2. I've found that which kidney beans you use is important

The darker red kidney beans seem to have a different starch makeup than the more pale colored ones and make a significant difference in the final outcome. I use Camellia, but have found other pale colored kidneys work just as well.

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Response to Saviolo (Original post)

Thu Mar 7, 2019, 01:48 PM

3. Yum! Yum! Yum!

I hate cooking these days, but I'm sorely tempted.

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Response to sweetroxie (Reply #3)

Thu Mar 7, 2019, 02:43 PM

4. Aside from the chopping, this one's easy

Everything just goes into the pot and cooks. You do need to brown the sausage and the veggies, but then they just go into the pot to finish.

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Response to Saviolo (Original post)

Fri Mar 8, 2019, 11:27 PM

5. Thanks so much! Lived in Nola so please don't stop posting Cajun recipes! Would love a good

One for bbq shrimp ( butter and rosemary is the way I remember)

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Response to Laura PourMeADrink (Reply #5)

Sun Mar 10, 2019, 11:52 PM

8. We're not going to do much more Cajun food right away

But hubby grew up in Texas and spent time in NOLA growing up, and loves Cajun food, so I guarantee we'll see more of it!

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Response to Saviolo (Original post)

Sun Mar 10, 2019, 07:33 PM

6. Until you've done red beans in an instant pot you ain't lived.

Rich and creamy beans and done from dried beans to yummy in 30 minutes.
No soaking.

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Response to trof (Reply #6)

Mon Mar 11, 2019, 11:10 PM

9. Any meat in them?

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Response to Laura PourMeADrink (Reply #9)

Wed Mar 13, 2019, 07:02 PM

10. Some Conecuh sausage.

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Response to trof (Reply #10)

Wed Mar 13, 2019, 08:16 PM

11. Sounds good.. I'll have to tell my son

To look for that..he lives in Birmingham.

I lived in French Quarter for 3 years...they typically used chunks of ham in red beans and rice. There are a number of dishes I wish I could recreate...bbq shrimp (basically Cajun seasoning, butter and fresh rosemary), garlic soup, and roulades (think that's how you spell it) which was basically
a melt in your mouth pot roast chunk with juice on top of grits ( supposedly hangover cure).

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Response to Laura PourMeADrink (Reply #11)

Thu Mar 14, 2019, 05:40 PM

12. Pretty sure it's available in B'ham.

Where yat?
I always wanted to have an upstairs pad with a balcony in the Quarter.
Preferably over a sleazy bar.

We always take 2 0r 3 lbs. of Conecuh to our daughter & family in Boston.
She hoards it and doles it out very sparingly and only on special occasions.

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Response to trof (Reply #12)

Thu Mar 14, 2019, 11:22 PM

13. Ha. Yes, think everyone should live there, in Nola

for a while. It is an incredible experience since there are almost no rules. From CT...but married a Texan. So major fish out of water. Lived in Boston too for three years. And DC, Jacksonville, and California near LA. Food great everywhere but here . Where are you?

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Response to Laura PourMeADrink (Reply #13)

Fri Mar 15, 2019, 05:26 PM

14. Coastal Alabama, near Gulf Shores.

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Response to Saviolo (Original post)

Sun Mar 10, 2019, 08:27 PM

7. I found some Andouille sausage

so I am going to try this soon!

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