One of America’s Favorites – Red Beans and Rice

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Red beans and rice at a restaurant in California

Red beans and rice is an emblematic dish of Louisiana Creole cuisine (not originally of Cajun cuisine) traditionally made on Mondays with red beans, vegetables (bell pepper, onion, and celery), spices (thyme, cayenne pepper, and bay leaf) and pork bones as left over from Sunday dinner, cooked together slowly in a pot and served over rice. Meats such as ham, sausage (most commonly andouille and Chaurice), and tasso ham are also frequently used in the dish. The dish is customary – ham was traditionally a Sunday meal and Monday was washday. A pot of beans could sit on the stove and simmer while the women were busy scrubbing clothes. The dish is now fairly common throughout the Southeast. Similar dishes are common in Latin American cuisine, including moros y cristianos and gallo pinto.

Red beans and rice is one of the few New Orleans style dishes to be commonly served both in people’s homes and in restaurants. Many neighborhood restaurants and even schools continue to serve it as a Monday lunch or dinner special, usually with a side order of cornbread and either smoked sausage or a pork chop. While Monday washdays are largely a thing of the past, red beans remain a staple for large gatherings such as Super Bowl and Mardi Gras parties. Indeed, red beans and rice is very much part of the New Orleans identity. New Orleanian Louis Armstrong’s favorite food was red beans and rice – the musician would sign letters “Red Beans and Ricely Yours, Louis Armstrong”. And in 1965, the R&B instrumental group Booker T. & the M.G.’s wrote and recorded a song titled “Red Beans and Rice” that was originally a B-side but later became popular in its own right.

A plate of red beans and rice with sausage from The Chimes restaurant in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

The vegetarian dish Rajma chawal is very similar (which translates literally to red beans and rice), popular in North India. Red beans and rice is also a dietary staple in Central America, where it is known as “arroz con habichuelas”. The dish is popular in Cuban, Puerto Rican, Dominican, Haitian and Jamaican cuisine as well.

Red kidney beans or small red beans are used and they are usually (but not always) soaked beforehand.

The dish is highly nutritious. Rice is rich in starch, an excellent source of energy. Rice also has iron, vitamin B and protein. Beans also contain a good amount of iron and an even greater amount of protein than rice. Together they make up a complete protein, which provides each of the amino acids the body cannot make for itself.

In addition, rice and beans are common and affordable ingredients, often available in difficult economic times.

 

Shrimp and Andouille Sausage Jambalaya

May 11, 2014 at 5:14 PM | Posted in Johnsonville Meats, rice, shrimp, spices and herbs, Zatarain's | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Shrimp and Andouille Sausage JambalayaShrimp Andouille Sausage Jambalaya 009

 

 
Happy Mother’s Day to all the Moms out there! Heavy rain this morning, turned to a one sunny and muggy day out there. I had planned on grilling Steaks for Mom and Dad but they had made plans to meet some friends for dinner, so solo dinner again. For my dinner I prepared Shrimp and Andouille Sausage Jambalaya.

 

 

 

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I used Zatarain’s New Orleans Style Jambalaya Mix (Reduced Sodium) for my base for the Jambalaya. I use Zatarain’s Products whenever I can, love the flavor and seasoning of all their products. To prepare it I just followed the easy instructions on the box. Mixed 2 1/2 cups of Water and 2 tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and brought it to a boil. Added the Zatarain’s Jambalaya Mix and my Johnsonville Andouille Smoked Sausage, I had sliced the Sausage into smaller pieces before adding. Returned it to a boil, and then reduced the heat to low. Covered and simmered for about 25 minutes till most of the moisture had been absorbed. With 10 minutes left I added my (Kroger Brand) Jumbo Shrimp, till fully cooked and turned pink. Removed it from the heat and let it rest for about 5 minutes before I served it. The Andouille Sausage and Jumbo Shrimp make a fantastic pairing with the Jambalaya Mix! I added a couple of shakes of Frank’s Red Hot Sauce to the mix also, nothing like a little heat to liven things up! This makes one delicious Jambalaya Dish. For dessert later a Healthy Choice Dark Fudge Swirl Frozen Yogurt.

 

 

 

 

 

Zatarain’s New Orleans Style Jambalaya Mix (Reduced Sodium)Zatarains Jambalaya Mix

 

Reduced Sodium Jambalaya Mix
Authentic New Orleans flavor with 25% less sodium than the original.

* This Easy-to-Prepare Dinner Mix Has Just The Right Blend of Ingredients For A Great-Tasting, Authentic New Orleans Style Meal. Zatarain’s Has Been The Leader In Authentic New Orleans Style Food Since 1889. So When You Want Great Flavor, Jazz It Up With Zatarain’s!
* Zatarain’s, New Orleans, La 70114. Comments Or Questions? Call 1-877-837-3796 Or Visit Us Online At Www.Zatarain.Com For Great Recipe Ideas and Product Information.
* A New Orleans Tradition Since 1889
* 25% Less Sodium Than Our Original Jambalaya Mix
* Add Meat to Make A Complete Meal
* Serves 6
Ingredients;
Enriched Long Grain Parboiled Rice (Iron Phosphate, Niacin, Thiamine Mononitrate and Folic Acid), Dehydrated Vegetables (Onion, Bell Pepper), Salt, Yeast Extract, Soy Sauce (100% Soybean), Dextrose, Thiamine Hydrochloride, Soybean Oil (Tbhq Added As A Preservative), Paprika, Potassium Chloride, Garlic, Spices, Monosodium Glutamate, Chili Powder, Caramel Color, Silicon Dioxide (Flow Agent).

 

Amount Per Serving % Daily Value
Calories: 130

Calories from Fat: 0

Total Fat: 0 0%

Saturated Fat: 0 0%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 360mg 15%

Total Carb: 29g 10%

Dietary Fiber: <1g 4%

Sugar: 0g

Protein: 3g

 
http://www.zatarains.com/Products/Reduced-Sodium/Reduced-Sodium-Jambalaya.aspx

 

 

 

 

 

Johnsonville Andouille Smoked (Rope) SausageJohnsonville Andouille Split Rope

COOKING DIRECTONS

These products are fully cooked and ready to eat out of the package or be prepared to your liking!
Pan-Heating

Place sausage in a skillet.
Add 1/2-inch of water.
Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low.
Cover and simmer for 10 minutes or until heated through, turning links once.
STORAGE

For freshness, keep refrigerated and use by the date stamped on the package. Opened packages should be consumed within 7 days, or freeze no longer than 30 days.
INGREDIENTS

NO FILLERS
GLUTEN-FREE
DAIRY FREE
Pork, water and less than 2% of the following: salt, corn syrup, beef, spices, sodium phosphate, paprika, dextrose, onion powder, dehydrated garlic, sodium erythorbate, sodium nitrite, flavorings, collagen casings.
NUTRITION FACTS
Serving Size: 2 oz. (56g)
Servings per Container: 7
Calories: 170
Calories from Fat: 140
% Daily Value *
Total Fat: 15g 24%
Saturated Fat: 5g 26%%
Trans Fat: 0g
Total Cholesterol: 35mg 12%
Sodium: 530mg 22%
Total Carbohydrates: 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber: 0g 0%
Sugars: 0g
Total Protein: 7g

 
http://www.johnsonville.com/products/premium-andouille-sausage.html

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