Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Red Beans & Rice & 1/4 What's Cooking Wednesday

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Ok, so I LOVE my mom's red beans and rice.
So. Good.
She's pretty notorious for them.
I told the boyfriend I was going to make red beans and rice.
{I got 2 crockpots (big and little) for Christmas!}
He was like, "I'll eat them... just make sure they're good."
And I was all, "Psssh. Do you know who my mom is?"
And he was like, "True... she does make really good red beans and rice."

So now that I'm all big and bad with my own crockpot, I thought I'd share the recipe :)

A forewarning... we don't measure.
So it's kinda a "feel for it" recipe.

First determine how much you want to make.
Wash the amount of dried kidney beans you need (remember they will expand... alot).
Place them in a crockpot.
Mine is a small crockpot.
And I planned for 2.
This made, like, enough for 6.

Season with a little salt and pepper.
Then a light coating of garlic powder and onion powder.
Add your desired amount of onions.
You can use fresh or dehydrated onions.

Add a nice amount of seasoned salt.
This will vary depending on how much you're cooking.

Now add your cajun seasoning.
I use Tony Chachere's and I highly recommend it if you can get it.
You'll need to be careful with how much you add.
My mom says to "season until you sneeze or your nose starts to tickle".
This will give your beans quite the kick.
So add less if you've got a sensitive palette.

Now add enough water to cover the beans by an inch or two.
You can also add sliced sausage if desired.

Cook it on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-8 hours.
Check on it and add water as needed.

Now... confession time.
I thought it would be ok to leave it while I was at work.
13 hours.
There was ABSOLUTELY NO water left in that crockpot.
Maybe they would have made it if there had been more water.
But there wasn't.
And the beans were so overcooked.

So I called my mom all bummed out.
And once again, super mom comes to the rescue.

I put them in a pot, added some water, then slow cooked them for about an hour.
The beans softened back up and tasted fantastic!
There were only a few really overcooked beans I came across while eating.
Thanks, Mom, for saving my first crockpot meal :)

Anyways, your liquid should be less watery and a medium consistency.

Serve it over rice and enjoy!
Mmmmm.... yummy :)

Here's the boyfriend fixing himself a bowl.

He liked it too!

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Jessi said...

Yum! That looks good, I'll have to try and see if I can "feel for it" myself one night. Thanks for sharing!

Lisa~~ said...

I love red beans & rice but I never make it as I'm the only one who will eat it, yours does look delicious. Thanks for the invite to link up, after our family travels & the holidays I'm just now getting back into all the blog hops as I've missed them.

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