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Auntie Em’s New Orleans Red Beans

on August 7, 2012

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Here at Auntie Em’s house we eat a lot of what Mr X calls “farm food.” It’s his favorite, and since it’s easy to cook, it fits in my schedule and lifestyle. We went to Nachtitoches, Mississippi in December and I bought their local Service League cookbook- I love to buy local cookbooks as souvenirs when we travel!

Here is one of my favorites (and I measured this time!):

1 small pkg red kidney beans20120807-124619.jpg

1 tsp salt and pepper (add more, or Tony Chachere to taste after they cook.)

1/4 c chopped onion

1/4 c chopped celery

1 large carrot, diced

1 large clove garlic, minced

2 bay leaves

1 hunk of tasso (That’s frozen tasso there- it looks bad, but tastes good! It’s a heavily seasoned pork, for cooking. I usually don’t use it up fast enough to keep fresh, so I freeze it and take it out as I need it.)

4-6 c water or broth (If you don’t have broth, add a bouillon cube or 2!)

Put in a large, heavy pan and add water or broth about 3 times the depth of the beans. (If you have 2″ of beans, add 4″ of water above the beans- make sense?) Bring to a boli, stir, cover, and let soak an  hour. Check on it periodically because you might need to add water during the soak time! 20120807-124611.jpg

Then add water if needed, and simmer for 2-3 hours. Check often and add water. They should be tender. If you want to make it over the top, slice up some link sausage and stir in before you serve, or serve it with a link! Put it over rice or Granny’s Cornbread.

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5 responses to “Auntie Em’s New Orleans Red Beans

  1. zentMRS says:

    Love these flavors – and this recipe looks so easy! Thanks for bringing this to Tuesday’s Table – hope you come back next week!

  2. Oh so heartwarming! Loving this one and just pinned it!
    Thank you so much for sharing this at Wednesday Extravaganza – Hope to see you there again this week :)

  3. […] and though I’m not quite willing to go that far, I am using a modified paleo diet. (I love my rice and beans and half-and-half in my coffee!) With my wheat allergy, their no-grain philosophy has given me […]

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