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Delta Red Beans and Rice

Yield Makes 8 to 10 servings
The reader said she grew up on eating this. How nice.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound dried red beans
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 1/2 pounds smoked sausage, sliced
  • 1/2 pound cooked ham, cubed
  • 1 large sweet onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 bunch green onions, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot sauce
  • Hot cooked rice

How to Make It

  1. Place beans in a large Dutch oven. Cover with water 2 inches above beans; soak 8 hours. Drain.

  2. Bring beans, 6 cups water, sausage, and ham to a boil in a Dutch oven. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 3 hours.

  3. Sauté onion and garlic in hot oil in a large skillet until tender. Add to bean mixture. Stir in green onions and next 9 ingredients. Cover and chill 8 hours.

  4. Bring bean mixture to a simmer; cover and cook, stirring often, 1 hour. Serve over rice.