Chef Dez whips up red rice and beans

Red Beans & Rice

Here is my popular recipe for Louisiana Red Beans & Rice.

This recipe is a delicious one-pot meal and great served any time. Happy Cooking!

Louisiana Red Beans & Rice

500g raw Italian sausages – hot or mild

2 celery stalks, diced small

1 medium onion, diced small

1 medium red bell pepper, diced small

6 garlic cloves, minced

1 tsp dried thyme

1 tsp dried oregano

1 tsp salt

½ tsp ground black pepper

2 cups long grain white rice

4 cups chicken broth

2 bay leaves

1 – 540ml can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained

Fresh thyme, for garnish

 

Squeeze sausages from casings into a large, heavy-bottomed pot. Discard empty casings.

Turn the heat to medium-high and break up sausage meat into small pieces with a wooden spoon while cooking until brown, approximately 10 minutes.

Turn the heat to medium and add the celery, onion, bell pepper, garlic, thyme, oregano, salt and pepper. Cook for approximately 2 to 3 minutes until the vegetables are soft but not brown, stirring occasionally.

Add the rice. Stir to coat with the fat and cook approximately 30 seconds until the rice becomes slightly opaque.

Add the chicken broth and bay leaves. Stir to combine. Turn the heat to high and bring to a boil.

Cover with a lid and reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes.

Remove the pot from the heat and let stand covered for 5 minutes.

Remove and discard the bay leaves. Stir in the beans. Season with salt and pepper to taste, garnish with fresh thyme sprigs and serve immediately.

Makes 4 to 6 large portions

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