red beans & rice

22 Dec

Written down for Devon…
[It’s my estimate that this probably serves 6 as a main dish, and also that it probably costs me less than $3-4 to make]

Red Beans:
1# small red beans, soaked overnight, drained and rinsed
5 cups water
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
(1-3 stalks celery, chopped)
(1-3 peeled carrots, chopped)
2 tsp salt
1-2 Tbsp oil
2 bay leaves
1 tsp Italian seasonings
1/2 tsp liquid smoke

Rice (or make however you want):
1# (2 cups) brown rice
3 1/3 cups water
1 tsp salt
1 tsp oil
2 bay leaves

-Make sure the beans have soaked overnight, or use the quick soak method.
-Put the rice ingredients in the rice cooker. Or cook on the stove however you do it.
-For the red beans, put all ingredients except Italian seasonings and liquid smoke in the pressure cooker. Bring to pressure, reduce heat so that the thingy is gently rocking, and keep at pressure for 40 minutes. Release pressure with cool water over top. Mix in Italian seasonings and liquid smoke. Smash some of the beans if necessary to make it creamy, but you want to keep most of the beans intact. Serve over or mixed up with the rice.
-Alternatively, you can simmer the red beans on the stove. This will probably take several hours — the idea is that the beans kind of become mush on their own.

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