This is a recipe from Emiril’s kitchen. I made a few vegan/health alterations to it, but I’ll be trying this in the next couple of days. If you’d like to try it to and post photos of your results please do!
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 cup chopped onions
- 1/2 cup chopped bell peppers
- 1/2 cup chopped celery
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 2 bay leaves
- 1/2 cup of vegan sausage (brand of choice or omit from recipe)
- 1 pound dried red beans, rinsed and sorted through, soaked overnight and drained
- 3 tablespoons chopped garlic
- 8 to 10 cups water
- Steamed rice
- Heat the oil in a large sauce panover medium-high heat. Saute the onions, bell peppers, celery, cayenne, black pepper and thyme for about 5 minutes.
- Add the bay leaves, and vegan sausage (if you decide to use it) and saute until warmed/browned
- Add the beans, garlic, and enough water to cover the contents in the pot.
- Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to medium, and simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally for about 2 hours. Add more water if the mixture becomes dry and thick.
- Use a wooden spoon to mash about half of the mixture against the side pf the pot.
- Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, for about 1 1/2 hours, or until the mixture is creamy and the beans are soft.
- Add more water if it becomes too thick. The mixture should be soupy but not watery. Remove the bay leaves.
- When ready, add salt. The original recipe called for salt before hand, but I found in other places that this will make the beans crumbly, which I experienced after I followed Emiril’s advice.
Serve with rice and my own recipe of southern-style greens.
Quick and Easy Greens Recipe
- 7 stalks of Kale, Collard Green, or similar strong tasting green
- 1 tomato
- 1 or 2 cloves garlic
- 1/3 onion diced
- 1/3 green pepper
- 1/3 celery
- 1 tsp olive oil
- crushed red pepper to taste
- Put olive oil, onion, and garlic in deep frying pan over medium heat, cook until onion is clear.
- Place tomatoes until they have fused with the rest of the mixture.
- Place greens in frying pan and stir until the greens are coated with the rest
- put heat on low and place lid on sauce pan, steam and occasionally stir until greens are slightly wilted, but still firm.
- Add salt to taste
I can’t wait to make this tomorrow. Monday is the typical day for Rice and Beans, so I’ll do my best!