Red beans and rice, cook a pot of beans weekly

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Red Beans and Rice, the great combo's never change.
Red Beans and Rice

It is a rainy, windy day here. Just the kind of day that calls out for warming food. Beans and rice come to mind. Fortunately for me, I have a ham bone in the freezer "in reserve" and jars of dry beans on the pantry shelves. And too.......

I had noticed and commented about the Red beans and rice over at Beverly's Back Porch. I am drawn to her recipes. Those recipes speak to my childhood memories. They are perfect to daydream over and plan to make. Or in my case, adapt to my pantry which is not as well-stocked as hers is, on this fine morning. I prepared these to cook in the crockpot while I am away at work, it will be an easy simmer of the rice and dinner will be done.

Red Beans and Rice
by the seat of my pants
inspired by:  Beverly's Back Porch.

1 pound of red beans, soaked, drained and rinsed
1 ham bone or 2 hocks
1 large or 2 regular onions diced
4 - 6 T olive oil
4 T flour
1 -2 red or green pepper, roasted, peeled and diced
1 bay leaf
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 c red wine
1 t Tony Chachere's seasoning (1 t is for flavor, use more for a little "heat")
6 or more c water
salt to taste( I used 2 tsp)

This onion technique is very adaptable for so many recipes, I won't forget this! Don't be afraid of using the larger amounts of the onion and green peppers, those aromatic vegetables add so much to this dish. You cannot overdo the vegetables.

Saute the diced onion in olive oil, start with the 3 T, when golden, stir in the flour and the additional oil as needed. Reduce heat to low and saute until the roux is golden and the onions smell like heaven!

Roasted peppers are not pretty, but they are delicious!

When peppers are plentiful, roast, cool and freeze (don't peel, the skin helps protect the pepper in the freezer). In the winter pull out a roasted pepper for delicious flavor at a frugal price. I like to keep both red and green in the freezer for winter use.

Note:  These beans were soaked for a longer period of time, 2 days. I came across this information about increasing the soaking time to help with digestion for those troubled by beans. We shall see if this helps.

Place ham bone in the bottom of the crockpot, add all remaining ingredients, cook on low 8 hours or until beans are done. Remove ham bone and any large pieces of ham, dice the meat (or shred by hand) and return to the beans. Taste broth adding salt to taste. Serve with the Carrot Rice.

Carrot Rice
by the seat of my pants!

1 c brown rice
water to cook per rice package (this can vary)
1 large or 2 medium carrots, peeled, coarsely grated
1/2 t salt

Bring all ingredients to a boil, reduce heat, simmer 45 minutes or until rice is done.

 Just about done, time to get the ham off the bone and back into the beans.

For an attractive presentation 
serve from an old fashion ice cream scoop.

Serve with pride, this is good eating!.

Before leaving for work, I wrote "Beans and Rice" on the dry wipe board (one of 3) on the fridge, to let the family know what was for dinner. After dinner was done, and the clean up completed, someone let me know his wishes for some of the leftover beans.

Guess what were having for our next dinner?


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  1. That is definitely good eating Melynda!! I can't believe all the recipes I used to make (red beans and rice for instance) that I haven't made in years. And I'm not sure why. I guess I'm constantly making new recipes and I tend to forget about the old, but the old are some of our favourites. There is nothing quite like a big hearty bowl of red beans and rice on a cold, windy date in Vancouver/Toronto.

  2. I have been thinking about red beans and rice for a few days now. Yours looks so delicious and I love the carrot rice.

  3. I love red beans and rice... what a healthy wonderful recipe I can eat everyday... love it!

  4. That looks like a really good recipe. Yum.

  5. Hi Melynda,
    We should declare a Red Beans and Rice Day across the land. I will have to try the Vancouver style soon, as we have them often. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and please come back!

  6. This sounds like perfect comfort food for a cool and nasty day. We haven't seen the sun here in days! Hope you all have better weather coming :) Happy weekend!

  7. I've always wanted to try Red Beans and Rice. Now I can't wait!! Thx

  8. Your beans and rice, look so delicious and filling! My big kids are on spring break from college and they sure have hearty appetites - I think I will make a pot and keep it on hand for their lunches.


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