Because It’s Cold Outside

These are THE BEST.

Delta Red Beans and Rice
from Southern Living

1 pound dried red beans
6 cups water
1 1/2 pounds smoked sausage, sliced (I use turkey Polska Keilbasa)
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

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

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

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.

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

Makes 8 to 10 servings

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  1. I’m definitely going to try this recipe! I make red beans and yellow rice spanish style, and I think my family would like these too :)

  2. My husband thanks you from the bottom of his heart.

  3. Can you use a crock pot I wonder? MmmmMmmmMmm. I love rice and beans!

  4. Southern Living recipes are the best. I usually have my own way of making red beans, but I’m going to give these a try. There are some similarities, but some unique differences as well.

  5. Holy cow that sounds so good. I don’t have a dutch oven…:-(

  6. Phyllis R. says:

    QUESTION: (And this will SO give away that I’m not a natural in the kitchen), but did I read correctly that you put the mixture in the fridge for 8 hours? Why? To “meld the flavors”? And if so, and you soak the beans for 8 hours, and you “meld the flavors” for 8 hours, and you “simmer” for a total of 4 hours, what the heck time do I start this thang??? I think I need a time-table along with the recipe. Seriously. Because…I really might just make this!!(And my family just may ask where their “real” wife and mom has gone….the one who doesn’t soak, meld, simmer.)


  7. Phyllis – I normally do the “quick soak” method for the beans – instructions are on the back of the package. That only takes an hour. I usually start the beans late in the afternoon, let them simmer the recommended time, then put them in the refrigerator overnight. After that’s done, you can serve them for lunch or dinner the next day (or, in our case, both). :-)

  8. recipe looks great, but i can’t help but wonder about the “cold” your talking about. i mean, up here in the FAR northeast part of the country… the part that is almost in canada… well up here, we got snow last night. and down there in the south, how cold could it really be???

    wanna trade? ;)

  9. I’m green with envy. Because it’s AFRICA hot here in Florida, here’s my recipe of the day:
    1 Glass
    Iced Tea – caffeine, thank you
    25 ice cubes
    1/2 Cup sugar (being from the South, you know)

  10. These sound wonderful! And I happen to have all the ingrediants. Amazing! We will have these for lunch tomorrow!

  11. Sounds oh so yummy!

  12. This sounds like a FABULOUS recipe! Thank you for sharing!

    Mrs. U