Recipe by pines506
This is my mother's recipe that she got from a novel years ago. It takes a little time, but is definitely worth it.
- 1 lb dried red kidney beans
- 2 quarts cold water
- 1 meaty ham bone or 1 slice raw ham, cubed (thick slice)
- 1⁄2 lb hot sausage, sliced thick (I use pepperoni)
- 1 bunch scallion, including green tops
- 1 green pepper
- 2 stalks celery
- 3 medium onions
- 1⁄8 teaspoon thyme
- 4 bay leaves
- hot pepper sauce (I use Louisiana or Franks)
- salt and pepper, to taste
- cooked white rice
Directions See How It's Made
- Rinse kidney beans twice.
- Put in large heavy pot (at least 3qt size).
- Add water, ham, and sausage.
- Set uncovered on burner at medium heat.
- Chop and add scallions, green peppers, celery, and onions.
- Add thyme and bay leaves.
- When mixture boils, reduce heat and cover.
- Stir every 20-30 minutes for three hours.
- Then, with wooden spoon, mash about 1/4 of beans against side of pot.
- If they don't mash easily try again in about a half an hour.
- Fort minutes after mashing beans, taste and season with hot pepper sauce.
- Don't use too much-- supposed to be a subtle flavor.
- Cook another half hour while preparing rice.
- Ladle beans and sauce over rice (the vegetables should have pretty much cooked away and the mashed beans thicken the sauce to a creamy consistency).
- It is even better the next day.