Louisana Red Beans and Rice
Yield: Serves 6.
Thirty-five years ago when Ann's husband, Gary (a New Orleans native), came a-courting to the south Texas border town of Brownsville, he was quite unfamiliar with Mexican food. "I admit that my family played more than a few tricks on him in the form of jalapeño peppers ('Here, try this little green vegetable!'), barbecued kid, and a rich soup called Menudo, which, among other ingredients, includes tripe. This romance endured, and I've tried to make it up to him by learning to cook some if his Louisiana favorites. Red beans and rice was served every Wednesday at his grammar school in New Orleans."
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- 1 cup coarsely chopped onion
- 1 cup coarsely chopped green pepper
- 1 or 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup butter; oil, or bacon drippings
- 4 cans (15 ounces each) red kidney beans, or 1 pound dried kidney beans, cooked
- Salt, pepper and cayenne pepper to taste
- 1-1/2 to 2 pounds Kielbasa sausage
- Enough hot, cooked rice for 6 servings