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    Red Beans and Rice - Alton Brown

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    2 hrs 56 mins

    30 mins

    2 hrs 26 mins

    DrGaellon's Note:

    From "Good Eats," episode "American Classics III". Use Pickled Pork - Alton Brown to make this. If you don't have time to make your own pickled pork, you can use unsmoked slab bacon, cut into chunks.

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    1. 1
      Place a 7 quart cast iron Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add oil and heat until shimmering. Add onion, bell pepper and celery. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, until onion and celery are soft and translucent, 6-8 minutes. Add garlic, pickled pork, bay leaves, dried thyme, cayenne pepper, hot sauce and beans. Add water. Turn up to high and heat until boiling, stirring occasionally, 6-8 minutes.
    2. 2
      Reduce heat to maintain a strong simmer. Cover tightly and cook 90 minutes, stirring every 30 minutes. Remove the lid and cook, uncovered, 30-40 minutes longer, maintaining a strong simmer. If you want your sauce a bit thicker and more gravy-like, use a potato masher to crush some of the beans. Remove bay leaves.
    3. 3
      Bring 3 cups water to a full rolling boil. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, melt butter over high heat. When foaming subsides and butter begins to brown, add rice and salt. Saute until rice turns opaque and slightly tan. Add boiling water all at once - be very careful! Cover tightly, reduce to simmer and cook 17-20 minutes, until fully cooked. If you prefer your rice dry and fluffy, let stand off heat, uncovered, 5 minutes before serving. Serve beans over rice.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on November 20, 2010


      I loved this recipe! I omitted the celery and cayenne for my family's preference. (Kids do not like the heat - but we used Frank's Red Hot at the table) Also used kielbasa sausage as I had that on hand! Loved the flavor!

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    • on November 19, 2008


      Listen to the cool song Reb Beans & Rice by Spearhead, dedicated to this yummy dish!

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    Nutritional Facts for Red Beans and Rice - Alton Brown

    Serving Size: 1 (540 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 519.8
    Calories from Fat 105
    Total Fat 11.7 g
    Saturated Fat 3.6 g
    Cholesterol 42.2 mg
    Sodium 616.3 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 74.7 g
    Dietary Fiber 11.3 g
    Sugars 3.2 g
    Protein 29.5 g

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