Thursday, October 11, 2007

Entertaining Cajun Style!

It’s Friday and that means my hubby will be glued to the tube watching football all weekend. So, I thought I would assign him a task or two. One thing that he seems to be good at and enjoys doing is cooking. He loves to whip up red beans & rice--his way! This is because he’s too lazy to get the cookbook out. I will say he has been doing it for sometime now and does a good job for being a absent-minded professor. I’ll admit they're pretty good, or I would not share the recipe with you.

Following are Michael’s version of red beans and rice. Greatly, greatly influenced from the great culinary master himself ( Paul Prudhomme).

  • Dis takes you awl day so plan ahead

  • Get you a 1 lb bag of red kidney beans, soak 'em in a bowl overnight in some salt water.

  • Boil 8 cups of water and a tablespoon of salt, and a hambone wit a bunch a ham on it

  • Reduce heat to low, add a bunch of finely chopped vegetables

  • 1 cup celery, 1 cup onion, 1/2 cup carrots or green peppers

  • Boil 20 minutes, turn back down to low

  • Add a bunch of spices

  • 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp black pepper, 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper, 1/2 tsp white pepper, 1 tsp oregano, 1 tsp basil, pinch of paprika, an 2 bay leaves

  • Boil it up again, fo 20 minutes, den turn it down,

  • Simmer fo an hour

  • Strain dem beans an put 'em right in dere

  • Boil it up fo 20 minutes, den turn it back down an simmer fo 2 hours

  • Add in a bunch a ham, or some good andouille sausage, at least a pound.

  • Boil it up, turn it down

  • Put it over de rice you made dis mornin

  • I always double everything, enjoy it good!!

Picture courtesy of British Home & Gardens

Have a great weekend!

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