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I've got my first ever pot of red beans simmering

I hope they turn out good. I'm using Emeril's recipe and could not find tasso and forgot the ham but did use smoked sausage and ham hocks. Didn't really measure anything just threw in what looked right.

Are there any secrets for flavoring it up? I'm terrified they will too bland.

by Anonymousreply 2211/11/2013

"I hope they turn out good."

Oh dear.

by Anonymousreply 111/10/2013

You're terrified?

We're terrified that someone may light a match once you start farting!

by Anonymousreply 211/10/2013

LOL R2. Funny but it's chilly outside and red beans and rice with cornbread is one good comfort dish.

by Anonymousreply 311/10/2013

Red beans & rice?

Did they miss her?

by Anonymousreply 411/10/2013

It'll be delicious, OP. It's hard to screw up beans, frankly. The tasso would be nice, but as long as you've got some other pork stuff in there, you're fine.

by Anonymousreply 511/10/2013

Sounds great. If I have Williams chili mix I always throw that in. I dash hot sauce or tabasco in my bowl

by Anonymousreply 611/10/2013

Well, this is what the picture looks like but my pot looks nothing like this. I have a lot more pieces of onion and green bits and a lot more liquid. It is thickening up a bit since I smashed some beans.

by Anonymousreply 711/10/2013

Onions; black pepper; cayenne; thyme; bay leaves; epazote; henweigh.

by Anonymousreply 811/10/2013

Did you start with Camellia® brand dry red kidney beans, OP?

If not .. well, good luck. I'm sure your beans will taste .. okay.

by Anonymousreply 911/10/2013

What about the green pepper and celery R8? That is called the "Holy Trinity" in all Cajun/Creole food.

by Anonymousreply 1011/10/2013

These are the only red beans worth eating.

by Anonymousreply 1111/10/2013

r10 You are, of course, correct. Those two items, plus onions, go into many traditional Creole/Cajun dishes. Green peppers though don't seem to have the depth of flavor I look for in foods. Red/yellow/orange would be my choices.

by Anonymousreply 1211/10/2013

Oh, for crying out loud. Red beans and rice isn't supposed to be haute cuisine. It's what poor Southerners eat when they weren't able to bag a squirrel that day.

by Anonymousreply 1311/10/2013

That may be, r13, but why not make food as flavorful and tasty as possible?

by Anonymousreply 1411/10/2013

When we want your opinion, r13, we will beat it out of you with a tire tool.

by Anonymousreply 1511/10/2013

For me I would add red pepper and garlic. Red pepper flakes for spice. Paprika.

by Anonymousreply 1611/10/2013

I put a bay leaf, some crushed red pepper, some garlic powder, and chili powder. Salt to taste, and a dash of cumin, and cayenne too, if you like. Paprika is fine. It gives a sort of smoky flavor.

Be careful.You can always add more, but you can't do too much to correct if you overseason. No onions or green pepper. If you make it too hot, and you really won't know that until you've let it cook and set for a while, you can always add a teaspoon of brown sugar.

People tend to overseason, because they're impatient and don't want to wait until the flavors cook thru.

by Anonymousreply 1711/10/2013

I don't even like beans but you're making them sound good.

by Anonymousreply 1811/10/2013

Beans are actually better with sausage than ham, I think. Gives them more flavor. Do you have some hot sauce, OP?

by Anonymousreply 1911/10/2013

OP, do you live in the SF Bay area and can't afford to buy your Obamacare?

by Anonymousreply 2011/11/2013

Gosh, r20, you crossed the street and went down the block for that Obamacare dig.

Feel better?

by Anonymousreply 2111/11/2013

R19, yes, Louisana hot sauce is waiting.

R20, no I don't live in the SF Bay area. Not sure what Obamacare has to do with anything.

They turned out very good and I think they will taste even better today.

by Anonymousreply 2211/11/2013
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