The other night we had several friends over to the house to work on a secret project of little importance to national security. It was suggested that full people = happy people, so we decided to provide some sustenance. This was a great opportunity for the Laura I married and I to try the recipe that the Laura I did not marry gave us for real Louisiana Red Beans & Rice. We know this is an authentic recipe ’cause the Laura I did not marry is from Thibodaux and is certified Cajun. The Laura I married put this together and it was awesome, so I asked and received permission from the Laura I did not marry to post it here. So if you are not too confused by all these Laura’s yet, give it a try.
Louisiana Red Beans
Serves 6-8 people
recipe by Laura R. from Thibodaux
1 pound red beans, washed, drained, and soaked for at least 4-6 hours (preferably overnight)
3 cups water
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 cup chopped celery
1 large bay leaf, crushed
1 medium onion, chopped
1/4 cup cooking oil
Salt and pepper
1 pound smoked sausage, sliced (I used hot)
2 T parsley, chopped
Place beans in cold water in a 4-quart pot. Add garlic, celery, bay leaf, onion, and oil and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 2 hours. Add water as needed, stirring occasionally. Add salt, pepper, sausage, and parsley and continue cooking for about 1 hour. Serve over mound of steaming rice and enjoy!