Monday, March 7, 2011

Happy Lundi Gras

Today is Lundi Gras; the day before Mardi Gras and to celebrate, I made one of our favorite dinners: Red Beans and Rice. It is a delicious homey combo of andouille sausage, red kidney beans and is perfect when served with cornbread. The ingredient list is simple, but the key is the andouille. I really think it is the one thing that can make or break this dish. Every time people come to Austin to visit me they bring andouille since I have not been able to find one that I like in Texas. If anyone knows of a good one, I'd love to hear about it!

Red Beans and Rice

1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
1 1/2 pounds andouille sausage, diced
3 onions, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound dried red kidney beans that have been soaked in cold water over night
2 bay leaves
1/2 bunch flat leaf parsley, chopped
1/2 bunch green onions, thinly sliced
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon pepper

In a large dutch oven heat the oil over medium high heat. Add andouille and cook until brown and crisp. Add onion and celery and saute 5 minutes. Add red beans, bay leaves and 8 cups of water. Bring to a boil, partially cover and reduce heat until beans are just at a simmer. Cook for 2 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally. Add parsley, green onion, salt and pepper and cook for an additional 2 hours. Serve over steamed white rice with cornbread on the side.

The breakfast bread I made this week was Lemon Blueberry Scones. Not overly sweet, but very flaky and a hint of lemon that pairs beautifully with the blueberries. The kids loved them, and I think I'll be playing around with different variations of this. I think a maple flavored scone with crumbled bacon on top might be perfect!

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1 comment:

  1. I'm totally on board as a taster for the maple scone with bacon sprinkled on top! Can I place my order now?


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