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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Foodie Friday!

Many Thanks to Gollum
for hosting another Foodie Friday!
Be sure to drop by
and see all the other amazing FF!

Since it has been cold and rainy
it was time for some good southern food.
Red Beans and Rice!

This is a wonderful dish,
you just need to remember
that the longer it cooks,
the better it will taste
1 large Onion
1 large Bell Pepper
1 bag of dried red beans
(soak overnight in a large bowl of water)
2 sausage links or a few slices of ham or bacon
spoonful of bacon grease
(all true southern women have some in the fridge)
1/4 tsp of crushed red pepper
After you have soaked the beans in water over night, drain and place in a large stock pot. To the pot add cut up onion, bell pepper, crushed red pepper and the meat you have chosen. Add bacon grease. Add enough water to cover the beans. Add salt and garlic to taste. Remember that the beans will absorb the salt so you may need to add more as it simmers. Let simmer all day! Then when ready follow directions for your rice. Serve beans over rice. You will most likely want to serve with cornbread as well. I learned a while back that cooking the cornbread in a muffin pan made it easier to eat.

Now in true fashion of the FF
here at the blog plantation,
another recipe that doesn't necessarily go with the first.
IT CAN, I eat (could) cole slaw with everything!
I have been on quite the cole slaw kick.
I can't get enough of the stuff these days.
When I was expecting my second child
it was THE craving I had the most!
My precious mother made it for me.
Now before everyone gets excited,
it is just so delicious!


1lb bag of cole slaw mix (with or without carrots, your choice) This is really just shredded cabbage, but I buy it pre-washed and shredded to save time!

1/2 cup diced bell pepper

1/2 cup Celery

1/4 cup onion

1/2 cup mayo

1/2 cup sour cream

2 TBL sugar

2 TBL white vinegar

1 TBL mustard

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp paprika

1/4 tsp pepper

Mix your liquids first,

then add all ingredients except cabbage mix.

After mixing well pour over cabbage mix and toss!


Thanks for dropping by Y'all!


susan said...

Nothing like a little comfort food in this nasy weather! I think slaw goes great with this!

Jane said...

I love red beans and rice! We often use a ham bone from a Honeybaked Ham...and andouille sausage. It's such a filling and homey meal. Thanks for sharing your recipe...and for the coleslaw recipe. Perfect combinations...with the cornbread.

Jane (artfully graced)

Phyllis AROUND THE HOUSE said...

Love the red beans and rice, I first had that in New Orleans on my honeymoon 30 years ago, what memories you have brought back..love your blog, I am a new follower, come visit

Phyllis AROUND THE HOUSE said...

Not sure my comment got through, love the red beans and rice and can't to have it again, I am a new follower and will for sure return, come visit

Karen said...

Yum! Your red beans and rice look sooo good. You probably make your cornbread from scratch but if you ever want to be adventurous, try Marie Callendar's corn bread mix. I will never make cornbread from scratch again.
Love your blog!
Ladybug Creek

Lori E said...

A very satisfying recipe.
One question though.. what is spur cream? I cook a lot but have never heard of it here in Canada.

Bama Belle said...

Thank you all so much!
Susan~ comfort foods are the best!
Jane~ I adore using ham bone in RB&R!
Phyllis~ I am thrilled to have you as a new follower! I am delighted you enjoyed your visit and that the post took you to such fond memories!
Karen~ I have NEVER even heard of that mix BUT it sounds like something I must try! Thank you so much for the tip!
Lori~ spur cream = typo not caught by spell check! SOUR CREAM and I have corrected. Thank you so much for pointing out the mistake.Be blessed!

ButterYum said...

Now you know that I live in Va, but I was born in NY s I'm not a Southern girl, HOWEVER, I do have a jar of bacon grease in the fridge... I guess I've learned a thing or two!

I will definitely be making your beans and rice!!

PS - Happy Birthday Senator :)

Mary said...

Thank you for such an authentic version of this recipe. It's comfort food time all over the country and I can't wait to try this.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Love red beans and rice -- thanks for sharing! Perfect weather for this dish.

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

This looks yummy, and while I have made bean soups for years...I have never made red beans and rice. I will try it! Thanks.


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