Thursday, August 15, 2013

Rice and beans

Rice and beans is one of my favorite meals, even when there is enough money to buy whatever food there is a craving for . . . it is one of those southern meals that can be varied in so many ways.  The meal is not complete without a batch of corn bread that I love to crumble in the rice and beans.

Today I was on a quest to find different variations of rice and beans and I ran across the AandE Channel's pages for Duck Dynasty, which includes some of the Robinson family's recipes.  You can find the link to Miss Kay's recipes at the end of this post.  

The Captain and I are Duck Dynasty fans and I always love their references to food . . . except that I would never ever, even if offered huge sums of money, eat squirrel.  Squirrels are like little outdoor pets for me!  The Captain, on the other hand, tells me it was a favorite childhood meal after a day of hunting down squirrels in the woods and bringing them home for Mom to cook.  

Here is an excerpt from the write up on this recipe, followed by the recipe . . .
"The family subsided on rice and beans, cornbread, and whatever fish and game the boys could catch. Rice and beans was a staple dish at the Robertson dinner table. A hundred-pound bag of rice and several cans of beans would last for weeks. There are dozens of ways to prepare rice and beans, and the recipes could be altered by adding a simple gravy or squirrels, quail, or fish so it was a perfect meal for the struggling Robertson family.
You can be creative with this. Don't worry about doing it exactly the way it is written, try stuff, if you don't have an ingredient make it anyway. I make beans every time we make or buy a ham — the ham bone is the key. You will find hunks of that ham when it cooks off the bone that you never knew existed and they are delicious. NEVER throw ham bone away!"

    • 1 pound dry kidney Pinto beans
    • 1/3 cup olive oil
    • 1 green bell pepper, diced
    • 1 large onion, diced
    • 2 stalks celery, diced
    • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
    • 6 cups water
    • a couple of slices of bacon, cut up
    • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper (less if you are feeding kids)
    • 2 bay leaves (if you don't have it in your cabinet don't worry about it)
    • a pinch of brown sugar
    • 1 teaspoon Phil Robertson's Cajun Style Seasoning
    • 1 tablespoon parsley flakes (again, don't sweat it if you don't have it)
    • 1 pound Andouille sausage, sliced (Add more if you like sausage, or a different kind if this is too spicy.)
    • Ham bone with as much ham left on it as you want (I buy one that is honey glazed, take the ham off for sandwiches, then use what's left for beans)
    • 4 cups water
    • 2 cups long grain white rice
    • Louisiana Hot Sauce
    1. Rinse beans and transfer to a large pot with ham bone six cups of water. Make sure the water is covers all the beans.
    2. In a skillet, heat olive oil and cut up bacon over medium heat. Sauté onion, garlic, bell pepper, and celery for three to four minutes.
    3. Stir cooked vegetables into beans.
    4. Season with bay leaves, cayenne pepper, parsley, and Cajun Style Seasoning.
    5. Bring mixture to a boil and then reduce heat to medium and cook 4 to 6 hours, or until beans are soft and done. Simmer for 2 1/2 hours.
    6. Cut sausage into slices and brown in skillet on medium heat with a teaspoon of olive oil.
    7. Stir sausage into beans towards the end of cooking time and continue to simmer for thirty minutes.
    8. Add a pinch of brown sugar to taste.
    9. In a saucepan, bring water and rice to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for twenty minutes. Serve beans over steamed white rice and add plenty of Louisiana Hot Sauce.
    For more family recipes, visit our Kay's Recipes page.

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