Potluck Red Beans and Rice
Total TimePrep: 10 min. + soaking Cook: 70 min.
Makes12 servings (3 quarts)
My husband requested red beans and rice and he thought this was very good. I thought it was good and a little spicy (I used 1/4 tsp. of the red pepper flakes and hot pepper sauce), but not really what I enjoy. The gravy never really got thick for me. I think I might have liked it better if it had. I also I only covered the beans with a little water while soaking and didn't use the 4 cups...I didn't read the ingredient list over very well! But the beans were soft.
I didn't think this was very spicy at all, so we ended up adding more hot sauce at the table. I soaked my beans overnight, and then I changed the water out and boiled them for 10 minutes and covered for an hour. After that I put them in the crockpot and followed the recipe/directions from there and just adjusted the time. Turned out great.
Obviously this recipe takes more prep time than 10 minutes to chop everything and it has to cook for a lot more than 70 minutes but it's worth the effort. My husband loves this stuff! He couldn't wait for fall this year to get in to kitchen and help me make this. We didn't think it was too spicey but we used tiger sauce instead of hot sauce. We have left the pimentos out and it was fine, too. We use a brown rice with it instead of white. We had never eaten beans and rice until we fixed this and loved it!!
If you love spicy food, you'll get it here; I even cut back on the spicy ingredients to cool it down due to kids eating, but I didn't cut it eough. I did add a pound of polish sausage sliced and quartered, YUM! I did eliminate the pimentos because I don't care for them. This is such a great recipe for those that enjoy Cajun spicy food as I do; just beware that it is a pretty spicy dish. It makes a lot of food but the left overs would freeze well.
I love this recipe. I have made it several times.