Low on dough? This is the way to go!
Red Beans and Rice w/sausage (or pork chops)
2 lb. good quality smoked PORK! sausage or some good chops
1 lb. dried red kidneys
2 tbls worchestershire
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cayenne
1 tsp cumin (cumin, not chili powder!)
2 tbls italian seasoning
4 tbls olive oil
2 bay leaves
2 tbls olive oil
2 large YELLOW onions
1 large green bell pepper (if ya got money go for red)
3 stalks celery
5 (or 6 or 10) toes garlic
1 bunch parsley
1 jalapeno (seeded, don't forget
Soak beans overnight in large (8-10 qt.) pot with first 8 ingredients
Coursely chop onions, b.p., celery.
Fine chop garlic, parsley, jalapeno
Put pot on stove (or in your case, sadly, the Foreman grill
) without draining beans, cover and bring to a boil. Once beans come to a boil cut down to a medium simmer.
While starting beans sweat onions,celery,and bellpepper in olive oil. When onions are bordering on translucent, add garlic and cook for another minute or two. DON"T BURN THE GARLIC!
Add vegetable mixture to beans and add jalapeno
After you are done with the vegetables, halve sausage length wise and cut into 5 inch pieces (basically the length of two bites. You can cut it into bite size pieces, but the smaller they are the more they break up while browning and cooking) and brown. Remember, this is browning! You need to put them into the pan wide side down and BROWN. That crust is the key to pork goodness in this dish (You can cook the sausage on a grill as well).
Drain sausage and pat with paper towels. Add sausage to pot.
Cook on low simmer WITH TOP ON AT ALL TIMES and stir occasionally. These will take about 4 hours to cook (you will need to test as you go). When you are about a half hour from done add the parsley.
If you like your beans creamy, rather than "beany" scoop out a bowl full and mash and add them back to the pot. Or take one of those swell boat motors and mix them up that way (but don't do it in the pot unless you are trying to make red bean dip, which, if you have never had it, is pretty damn good)
Serve over rice with bread.
This whole pot of beans, even with reasonably good sausage, is not going to be much more than ten dollars and will freeze well. This will feed about 8 real hungry people or feed you about 8 times (or more if you go heavy on the rice).
The warning about the top is because beans, cooked for long periods of time, will scorch badly if top is left off. You can also put all of these ingredients in a pressure cooker and do this a whole lot faster, but that kind of defeats the purpose of "slow food".
This is a great dish and it is even better because you keep getting little reminders of your meal long after you are finished dining