Monday Red Beans N' Rice (Crock Pot)

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READY IN: 8hrs 20mins
Recipe by CptShane

A Monday staple in New Orleans! This version requires minimal prep, so it's easy to throw everything in the crock pot before work and come home to a warm dinner. I included the time needed to hot soak the beans as "cook time" since "prep time" implies you actually need to be actively doing something. Note: Recipezaar does not recognize pickled pork as an ingredient. I assure you it is real, and actually tastes nothing like pickles. If you can't find pickled pork in your area, a hambone with meat attached is a good substitute. I don't like to use smoked hamhocks because I think the smoked flavor is too strong.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. "Hot soak" the beans - rinse the beans in a colander, boil a pot of water, add beans, return to boil, cover, and remove from heat. Keep covered for an hour.
  2. In the meantime, dice the celery, pepper, onion, and garlic.
  3. Saute the veggies in vegetable oil until the onions are translucent and everything is beginning to caramelize.
  4. Chop the pork into 1 inch cubes.
  5. Drain and rinse the beans.
  6. Put the veggies, beans, pork, thyme, and bay leaves into the crock pot. Barely cover with water.
  7. Depending on your brand of pickled pork, you may need more or less salt. I like to wait until the end to salt, just to make sure it's not too salty. Ditto on black and cayenne pepper - wait until almost done, and season to taste.
  8. Cook on high for 6-8 hours.
  9. You'll know it's done when the beans are soft and the pork falls apart. Mash it up a bit so the meat is incorporated and some of the beans are mashed.
  10. Cook rice according to package directions, but use veggie stock instead of water for a more flavorful rice.
  11. Serve a scoop of beans over a scoop of rice and enjoy!

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