Tuesday, May 15, 2012
New Orleans Red Beans and Rice
Good Morning Ya'll! Well, I know this is not Monday...our official day for this succulent dish, but we had company to stop by to visit last eve with James and I got behind.
If you know anything about Louisiana cooking, then you know I had to make some changes to the original recipe. I simply, eliminated all meats, oils; reduced the sodium and added more herbs. Here's what I ended with: chopped celery, bell pepper, onions; instead of whole garlic, I used powder, basil, thyme, and 1 bay leaf....all to taste. Prepare the dry kidney beans, rinse, then fill a large kettle with cold water and bring to a boil. Remove from fire and allow to sit an hour. After and hour, return to fire and bring back to boil, then to a low boil. Add all seasonings, adjust where needed remembering to gently stir them. Allow to cook until tender. Some cooks mash the beans, but I like mine as you see them, without the mashed mushy consistency.
This is still some good eating, especially with the smothered onions, and if that wasn't enough, I pan seared pork chops with onions in a brown sauce. Cornbread recipe from the dietitian went well with them, and roasted veggies...this proved to be a Southern meal fit for a king...
He enjoyed his portion and later, we had a late snack...sugar and fat free, of course!
Ya'll it doesn't get any better than this...you must try it!
Our day is turning out to be a pretty and warm one. James and I are enjoying porch sitting and taking in this beautiful weather.
We hope you are having a great day too, and we want to leave you with this:
"God is opening His hand and Satisfying the desire of every living thing."
James and Loretta