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SLOW COOKER RED BEANS & RICE (ARROZ Y FRIJOLES ROJO)

During the time that I wasn’t writing, I was on a Cajun kick, so my next few posts may reflect that.  Of course, here in Florida, we don’t have autumn as they do in the Northern states, but my tastebuds are still on Kentucky time.  This time of the year, I start looking for those “cold weather” comfort foods, even though our air conditioner is still on.

One of the recipes I have been cooking lately is Slow Cooker Red Beans & Rice.  I still love that slow cooker!  : )  Unlike most slow cooker recipes, I do this one in stages, so it’s not exactly a “Fix it and Forget it” food.  It tastes great, though.

SLOW COOKER RED BEANS & RICE




Ingredients


2 cups dried red beans
7 cups water, divided
1 smoked ham hocks
1/2 large onion, chopped
3 cloves minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Perfect Pinch® Cajun Seasoning     
1/2  tomato, chopped
1/4 green pepper, chopped
1 teaspoon kosher salt
Black pepper to taste


Directions

Rinse beans.  Soak overnight in 4 cups water. Drain and rinse beans, discarding liquid. Put beans in slow cooker; add the ham hock, onion, garlic, green pepper, Cajun seasoning and 3 cups water.  Stir in the tomato, pepper and salt.   Cover and cook on low for 8 hours. Serve with white rice.



Yield: 6 servings.

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Until next time, Happy Cooking!  : )

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SWEET AND SOUR GREEN BEANS

So, as I said in an earlier post, I have not been at my culinary best lately.  After the, I still hang my head in shame, deli pizza  we ate last week, I compounded the problem by deciding to have french fries Sunday evening.  Again with the convenience of frozen foods!  What is wrong with me?!?  But today was better.  Coca-cola BBQ Pork Chops, Asparagus Casserole, Chilled Vegetable Salad, and Blackberry Cobbler.  And I’ll post those later.  Today I want to finish up with the few good moments from last week by posting Sweet and Sour Green Beans.

SWEET AND SOUR GREEN BEANS
Adapted from Deep South Dish


1 lb. fresh whole green beans, topped and tailed
1 tsp kosher salt
6 slices bacon
1 medium onion, quartered and thinly sliced
1/4 c sugar
1/4 c red wine vinegar
1 tsp yellow mustard
Dash of Worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp dried tarragon
1 tsp chopped fresh basil
Salt and pepper to taste

Fill a large bowl with ice water.  Bring a large pot of water to a boil, and add 1 tsp salt and beans.  Boil one minute.  Drain and put beans in ice water.  Cook bacon to a crisp; crumble four slices, reserving two.  Add onion slices to bacon drippings and cook until caramelized.  Add the sugar and vinegar to the skillet; stir.  Add the rest of the ingredients.  Bring to a boil; stir.  Add the chopped bacon.  Reduce heat; add drained green beans.  Toss gently.  Transfer the beans to a serving bowl; garnish with chopped bacon.  

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Until next time, Happy Cooking!  : )

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