Ham Hock, Red Beans and Rice

A family favorite. Emeril’s classic recipe was suggested to me by a good friend from the Big Easy…

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 8 ounces andouille sausage, cut into 2 ounce links – I sometimes add a little bit more 😉
  • bay leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 ham hock, about 1 pound
  • 1 pound red beans, soaked and drained
  • 8 to 10 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups cooked white long grain rice, warm
  • Garnish: 2 tablespoons chopped green onions
  • Crusty loaf bread

In a stock pot, saute the onions, celery, and garlic for 1 to 2 minutes. Add the sausage, bay leaf, black pepper, thyme, cayenne, and salt, saute for 2-3 minutes. Add the ham hock and beans. Cover the mixture with the stock. Bring up to a boil and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook the bean mixture for 2 hours or until the beans are tender. Mash 1/4 of the mixture against the side of the pot with a spoon. Reseason with salt and pepper if needed. Remove the ham hock and slice the meat off the bone (discard all fat). To assemble, spoon the warm rice onto the serving bowl. Ladle the bean mixture right over the top.

Ham Hock, Red Beans and Rice on the Food Network.

Courtesy: Emeril

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