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Red Beans and Rice New Orleans-Style

Submitted by Neil A. Dronet / Cajun Brew

"I usually make this recipe using dried kidney beans, but time didn't always permit it so I sometimes used canned kidney beans. Either way, it's a simple, great-tasting recipe." --Neil


  • 2 lb. dry red kidney beans (or equivalent canned; approx. 4 cans)
  • 2 medium onions (chopped)
  • 1 cup celery (finely chopped)
  • 6 green onions (chopped)
  • 1 lb sausage (sliced)
  • 3 garlic cloves (minced)
  • Cajun seasoning to taste

Cooking Instructions

  1. Wash and soak beans overnight (if using dry).
  2. Drain and put into large pot.
  3. Cover with water and bring to boil over high heat.
  4. Stir well and let beans settle.
  5. Add sausage, onions, celery, garlic, and seasoning.
  6. Bring to boil.
  7. Reduce heat and simmer for two to three hours until beans are tender.
  8. For a thicker gravy, remove one cup of beans and mash through strainer.
  9. Add back to pot and stir.
  10. Serve over hot rice.

Note: I personally don't use bell peppers, but they can always be added.

Makes 6 generous servings. Goes well with beer bread--recipe below!

Beer Bread

Submitted by Neil Dronet

This isn't actually a "Cajun" recipe, but I find that it complements many Cajun dishes. It is always a hit when I make it. --Neil


  • 1 12oz regular beer (room temp)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 1/2 cups self-rising flour

Cooking Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place all ingredients into a mixing bowl.
  3. Mix well with a fork. (Batter may have some small lumps.)
  4. Pour into a 9" greased bread pan. (You can even use a non-stick spray.)
  5. Spread batter evenly in pan, reaching all 4 corners.
  6. Bake for 1 hour 10 minutes. (Since oven times can vary, start checking at around 50 minutes.)

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