New Orleans Style Red Beans & Rice Recipe

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  1. Rinse beans (optional: soak overnight or for several hours prior to cooking, in order to avoid possible gas effects that sometimes result when eating beans).
  2. After rinsing, place the beans in the stock pot and fill 3/4 full of water. (The water will reduce as the beans cook). Bring to a boil.
  3. After the water comes to a boil, saute chopped onions and garlic in approximately 2 tablespoon of margarine, then add it to the beans. Lower heat to med-high and cook for approximately one hour.
  4. Add remaining seasoning, including seasoning salt, (optional) salt, pepper, parsley flakes, and bay leaves. Cook for another hour on med-high. Throughout cooking, add boiling water (and additional seasoning) to the pot, if the liquid reduces too much. Stir occasionally.
  5. Next - this is the magical step - add 1 stick of butter and cook for another hour on med-high, stirring occasionally. Watch the heat and adjust accordingly to avoid scorching your beans.
  6. Heat the ham and smoke sausage pieces in the microwave and add to the pot of beans. I like to heat the meat, so that my beans will continue cooking at its current temperature.
  7. Continue to cook on medium to medium-low, as the beans thicken. Stir occasionally. NOTE: I stay pretty close to my pot when cooking beans, so I can make sure they don't begin to stick.
  8. Serve over rice - perhaps, add a piece of cornbread and ENJOY!
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 644.64 Kcal (2699 kJ)
Calories from fat 518.22 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 57.58g 89%
Cholesterol 103.17mg 34%
Sodium 1713.49mg 71%
Potassium 584.55mg 12%
Total Carbs 9.26g 3%
Sugars 2.11g 8%
Dietary Fiber 0.46g 2%
Protein 23.39g 47%
Vitamin C 2.1mg 3%
Vitamin A 0.2mg 8%
Iron 2.4mg 13%
Calcium 28.1mg 3%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 237.71 Kcal (995 kJ)
Calories from fat 191.1 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21.23g 89%
Cholesterol 38.04mg 34%
Sodium 631.86mg 71%
Potassium 215.55mg 12%
Total Carbs 3.41g 3%
Sugars 0.78g 8%
Dietary Fiber 0.17g 2%
Protein 8.62g 47%
Vitamin C 0.8mg 3%
Vitamin A 0.1mg 8%
Iron 0.9mg 13%
Calcium 10.3mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 17.6
  • 18

Good Points

  • saturated fat free

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium

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