Recipes

Sunday Red Beans

Hurray for the first recipe from Courtney’s Corner!

We have these red beans every Sunday, they are my absolute favorite! These do take a while to make though… They need to be started the night before you plan to eat them. Other than that they are pretty easy, super delicious, and filling when paired with rice.

****Note: This recipe comes from a really random cookbook that my husband got at Winco in Oregon when he was going through a wild and rebellious stage in his early 20’s. The cookbook is called, Hellbent for Cooking: The Heavy Metal Cookbook. The actually recipe comes from Mike IX Williams. *We do have some alterations/exclusions from the original recipe though.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb dry red beans
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 3-4 bay leaves
  • Cayenne pepper (as much as you can handle)
  • 2 tsp salt
  • Dash of creole seasoning
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 garlic powder
  • 1 tsp mustard (original says creole, but we use regular yellow)
  • 1 stick of butter

*Original recipes also includes Crystal hot sauce to taste, but we have never added it in.

Directions:

  1. Rinse red beans. Place in large pot and cover beans with 3 inches of water. Add 1 tsp salt. Bring to rolling boil. Once boiled for 15 to 20 minutes, cover, and turn off heat. Let beans soak overnight.
  2. Start to boil again for 15 minutes. Remove lid and add more water (not a lot). Keep boiling and add more water if needed.
  3. Add diced onion, bay leaves, black pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, mustard, a dash of creole seasoning, and as much cayenne pepper you want. Turn down temperature, cover pot, and let beans soak for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, stirring often (adding water as needed), until beans boil down to a creamy consistency.
  4. Add another tsp of salt and stick of butter (best if cut into slabs) to beans. You should start your rice now. Slow boil beans for 15 minutes. Turn off temperature of red beans and serve over rice.

My husband and I like this meal on Sundays because it isn’t constant hard work, which leaves time for us to spend together. This is, especially, a life saver for Fast Sundays (Sundays where we fast for 24 hours or 2 meals for religious purposes). It makes a lot of food, so it could be a great dinner to have with friends or family.

Total servings: 4-6.

Hope you guys enjoy this as much as we do!

P.S. I’ll try to upload a picture next week!

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