Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Slow Cooker Red Beans & Rice + Bayou Boogie

When an old friend called and said that she and her family would be coming into Lafayette today, to do a little shopping and would like to stop by, I was absolutely thrilled. The only problem was that I had to work and would not have time to prepare dinner for them. So, after checking my pantry and fridge, I decided to cook an oldie but goodie, Red Beans and Rice, in my trusty slow cooker. What could be easier than assembling the ingredients that could simmer all day while I was away and be ready when they arrived around 5:30 pm. So easy and delicious, cher! Enjoy!

Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice

1 lb. package red kidney beans
6 cups water
2 links smoked sausage, sliced and cut in half
1 cup, cubed ham + add leftover ham bone for extra flavor
1 cup, each, chopped onion and bell pepper
2 stalks celery, sliced thin
2 tsp.'s minced garlic
1 tsp. dried thyme
1 tbs. or more Cajun seasoning
salt to taste
2 bay leaves
1 tbs. Worcestershire sauce

Few good shakes Tabasco sauce
1/2 cup green onions, thinly sliced
3 cups hot cooked rice

Combine the first 12 ingredients in electric slow cooker. Cook for 5 hours on high or for 8 hours on low. Discard bay leaves and mash some of the beans and add green onions and Tabasco, and cook for 15 more minutes. Add a little water, if necessary. Serve over hot cooked rice with a big tossed salad and French bread. Serves 6. Cest bon, cher!
Note: The sausage and ham can be omitted for a vegetarian delight.

Bayou Boogie

Here's a clip of one of my favorite artists, Marcia Ball, playing one of my favorite songs, "Got My Red Beans Cookin", at this year's Jazz Fest in New Orleans. Hope ya'll are having a wonderful, fun, week! Merci beaucoup for stopping by! Let the good times roll, cher!
Marcia Ball


Unknown said...

I love to use my slow cooker in the summer time. You come home to a house full of yummy smells and all the work is done for you. All you have to do is dish it up and eat.

K. said...

I know what I'm having to eat this weekend!

Katherine Roberts Aucoin said...

...and when you have visitors, they are always slap happy for beans and rice! Looks wonderful Marguerite.

K. said...

Slap happy for beans! Who isn't?!

Mandy said...

Oh yay! I have ALWAYS wanted to try to make this in my Crockpot instead of on the stove. I love the slow cooker -- just put it in there and get things done around the house. Thanks for this recipe. Can't wait to try it!

ellen abbott said...

Well, now I'm going to have to go out and get a slow cooker.


oh, yeah!!! got my red beans cookin'!!! yummmmmm.....

hugs, dear friend from home!

Eddie Bluelights said...

Delicious and Nutricious - love red kidney beans ans ausages, in fact I am sure I wouldlove anything you would cook and enjoy your company.

Off to hear Marcia Ball and your fav song.

Pleased to say I actually managed to do some writing tonight.

Hugs Eddie

Drick said...

red beans n rice on a tues, who ever heard of such....kidding.... good any time and since you brought it up, now I have a hankering for it

Rosaria Williams said...

Oh my, Marguerite, I turned on the video and found myself up and stomping and shaking my booty, wanting so much to be in that crowd. You know, cher, you got the right formula for living: good music, great friends, and home cooking!

Marguerite said...

Linda- So do I, it is a great time saver and keeps the kitchen cool. Thanks for stopping by, cher!

K.- Glad you like the recipe and I hope that you try it. Enjoy!

Katherine- It's a Cajun favorite , for sure, for visitors and natives, alike. Thanks, cher!

Mandy- Glad to oblige, cher! This dish works very well in the slow cooker. You're welcome! Thanks for coming by!

ellen- You really should! It makes cooking so easy and doesn't heat up the kitchen.

Gypsy- So glad you enjoyed it, cher! Marcia Ball is fab! Merci for stopping by, mon amie!

Keri said...

Yep, you know your stuff. I might just have to try this recipe. Sounds so simple and delish. Marcia is a huge treat. Love her. Never heard of her until now. Thank you for putting that clip up there.

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Pam said...

Great way to make the beans and rice! That's one great dish and you did it perfectly. Can't wait to see what's cooking here next!

Linda Starr said...

I've got to dig out my slow cooker and make some of this up, beans and rice really stick to the ribs too, have a great weekend and don't party too much. Ha.

Kat said...

I love to use my Crock Pot and love red beans and rice, which I did make last week, and they were delicious.

aslan said...

That just looks so heavy delicious for summer nights.I love it..
Have a great weekend full of happines
...with love.

Joanna Jenkins said...

I bet your house smells great when this is in the cooker :-)
Happy weekend,

Marguerite said...

Eddie- Merci for your sweet comment, cher! So glad you liked it! Hope you enjoyed the clip, too! You are so canille! lol

Drick- lol! Then by all means, you should make you some, cher! Have a great weekend! Thanks for coming by!

lakeviewer- Great, so glad you enjoyed it! It's dat kind of music, for sure! Thanks, it's the Cajun way, cher!

Keri- Thanks so much for your kind comment! So happy that you liked Marcia Ball. She is awesome, a real talented Southern gal. Thanks, I'll be over asap!

Pam- Merci beaucoup for the sweet compliments, cher! It's very easy to make and I hope you'll try it. Happy weekend!

Beej said...

Me oh my! What wonderful recipes! I just happened upon your blog, and as often happens, I am hungry..again...and these recipes look awesome! Thanks for posting them!

hope you don't mind if I become a 'folloer.'

nanny said...

I love a big bowl of red beans and rice!!!

California Girl said...

You rock, Marguerite and so does that song. Those are some gooood lookin' bean.

Pat Tillett said...

Finally! here's a dish I know and love. I think it's time to eat it again!

Autumn said...

Thanks for the Follow! I found your blog because of this recipe. I was googling crock pot Red Beans and Rice. I'm making your recipe tonight! I just got home and the house smells wonderful!

DarcyLee said...

I just found you from Dining With Debbie's site. This recipe sounds really great. Can't wait to try it.

Unknown said...

Thanks for posting to Crock Pot Wednesday. I made Louisiana Red Bean Gumbo just this week...soooo good:)

Mandy said...

Just wanted you to know that i tried this today and it came out great! Thanks so much. Happy Mardi Gras! -Mandy


Martha said...

Thanks so much for adding this to my slow cooker recipe index. I'd love for you to add more!! You know how much I LOVE your cooking :-)

Sisters 'N Cloth said...

Wow, that sounds delish! I look forward to trying it :)

Stopping by from the Super Stalker Sunday blog hop. Following via GFC! Glad to have found you :)



Nicole said...

Yummy and healthy too!

katherine mitchell said...

i am a working mommy of two and just put this yumminess in my crockpot! thank you for the recipe! dinner is served!

Jessica | Cajunlicious said...

Yum, just made a big batch that I have been enjoying for lunch all week long :)

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing your recipes. My husband's favorite meal is red beans so I'm going to try your recipe!

Anonymous said...

Love this recipe! But that clip isn't from Jazz Fest… it's Wednesday's in the Square in Lafayette Square. They have a Spring and Fall series of free concerts.

Anonymous said...

I may have missed this, but do you need to pre-soak the beans if you are cooking them this way?