Red Beans and Rice

3 hours

1 lb. dried red kidney beans

1 large onion, chopped

1 lb. pickled pork or ham, cut into cubes

1 bay leaf

4 garlic cloves, minced

1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley

Salt and black pepper

Cooked white rice

Louisiana smoked sausage



Start by washing beans and soak them in water to cover overnight.  Drain away the water and put the beans in a large kettle pot.  Cover them with 8 cups of fresh water.  Boil for 1 hour over low heat.  Add oinions and pork or ham.  Partially cover the pot and cook until the meat is tender, about 1 1/2 hours.  Then add the bay leaf, garlic and parsley.  Season to taste with salt and pepper then cook with the cover ajar for about 30 mins until the beans start to turn creamy.  Serve over white rice, with strips of smoked sausage on the side.  Serves 6.

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