This classic dish will warm you up from the inside out. It makes me hungry just to look at it!
- 1 lb dried kidney beans
- 1 ham hock (optional)
- 4 garlic cloves (chopped)
- 1 teaspoon black pepper (fresh ground)
- 1 tablespoon chicken stock (powdered)
- 1 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1 teaspoon dried chipotle powder (I use one Knorr mini cube (optional))
- 1 teaspoon liquid smoke (optional)
- 2 -3 bay leaves
- 1 onion (chopped)
- 1 bell pepper (chopped)
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 -2 tablespoon salt (according to your taste)
- 1 -2 teaspoon cajun seasoning (Tony Cacheres and Zatarains brand are both very good)
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch or 2 tablespoons cornflour
- 1 lb smoked sausage
- SOAK BEANS The night before you want to eat, check beans to be sure there are no stones then place beans in a large bowl and fill almost to the top with water. It's better to have too much water than not enough. The beans will more than double in size overnight. In the morning, I drain beans in a colander and rinse well.
- PLACE IN CROCKPOT: Beans, ham hock, black pepper, chicken stock powder, chopped garlic, garlic salt, bay leaves, and optional Chipotle powder and liquid smoke. Note: Save adding salt until the end of cook time.
- COVER WITH HOT WATER just until fully covered. Then add an extra inch of water on top of that. This will give your beans a chance to swell even more during cooking. Cover Crockpot with lid.
- QUICKLY: Sauté onions and bell-pepper just until they begin to cook. Add these to the beans and stir.
- COOK: If you are going to be gone all day, cook beans on low setting for 6 to 8 hours. If you will be around to stir, etc., I recommend cooking them on high until they are almost fully cooked (about 4 or 5 hours). Then turn them down to low for the last bit of cooking.
- When beans are fully cooked, remove bay leaves (if you can find them all) add butter and stir.
- To thicken beans, add 2 tablespoons corn flour mixed with just enough cold water to dissolve it. Add this to beans and stir for a minute. Beans should thicken a bit in fairly short order. Repeat until you get the desired consistency.
- Add salt by half-teaspoon until you reach the level of your liking. It may not take much for you. Also add a bit more fresh ground pepper.
- Put your rice on to cook. Slice smoked sausage and cook in a medium-hot cast iron skillet until nicely brown and starting to emit those nice juices. Take skillet off heat but leave sausages where they are. Don't cover.
- RINSE your rice with hot water. Once drained, place about half a cup of hot fluffy rice in a wide, shallow bowl.
- COVER rice with a generous amount of red beans. Top with a good amount of hot smoked sausage slices.
- SPRINKLE with hot sauce
- SERVE with hot buttered, grilled slices of French bread, salad or coleslaw.
Amanda is a busy mom of 3 running her own business, homeschooling, and managing a household. She creates yummy crockpot recipes to help her spend less time in the kitchen and more time doing what she loves.