Some like it Hot! Spice Things Up with Cajun Red Beans and Rice

Cajun cooking at its finest. Cajun cooking at its finest. This thick and hearty dish is Cajun cooking at its finest. Red beans and the Cajun "Holy Trinity" of celery, onion and green pepper combine with smoked sausage to make one fine meal. Add more Cayenne or hot sauce as you see fit - there's no way to get that part wrong!

Ingredients

1/2 pound dried red kidney beans - cooked (1/2 lb. will yield 3 cups of cooked beans)
1/2 pound smoked sausage or kielbasa cut up bite size
4 cups water
2 cups hot cooked long grain white rice
2 stalks celery - diced
1 medium onion - diced
1 green pepper - diced
1 clove garlic - minced
1 bay leaf
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon dried parsley
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tablespoon hot sauce
1 teaspoon Cayenne pepper

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Directions

1. Combine beans, sausage, onion, pepper, celery, parsley, bay leaf, Cayenne, garlic and water in a large Dutch oven with a tight fitting lid.

2. Heat to boiling and reduce heat to a low simmer. Lid tightly and cook for 2 hours.

3. Remove bay leaf and add butter, Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce. Stir well and serve over cooked white rice.

- By Anne Coleman

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