Red Beans and Rice

Who watched the Emmy’s last night??  OMG, the opening was hilarious . . .and reminds me that I can’t wait for Glee to come back!

Tony and I went to a different grocery store yesterday.  We’ve been there before – its called Woodman’s, which I think had its first store in Wisconsin.  It’s huge, and you can literally spend two hours in there going up and down the aisles.

Tony has keen eyes though – check this out!

They are called Carb V bagels - I got one package of cinnamon raisin and one package of whole wheat - each were only $2.79 for six bagels!

19 grams of fiber!!!

I plan on making an egg sammie on one, I’ll let you know how it tastes 😀

Then we went to get something to eat – I got an oven grinder – think BMT from Subway, but with pickles and oven toasted – I only ate half of this, but it was out of this world!

this was half!

So I still need to get the red beans and rice recipe from my neighbor.  After making mine, I definitely noticed that his version was more tomato based – mine ended up looking like dirty rice, but it was still delicious!

we soaked the beans overnight

I was afraid this would be too spicy for Tony and Hannah, but after it cooked down, it was fine

the smoked ham hocks really gave it a nice flavor

I put 1/2 cup of rice in the bottom of my bowl:

I’ve never had red beans and rice before – does anyone know if that looks authentic?   Here is the recipe from Emeril – I did not add green peppers because I didn’t have any, and you know I left out the onions!

Red Beans and Rice (printer friendly version here)

Makes 8 servings (1.5 cups: 355 calories, 11.4 fat, 37.5 carbs, 9.0 fiber and 25.3 protein)


1 pound dried red beans, rinsed
1 teaspoon canola oil
1/4 cup ham, chopped
3/4 cup chopped celery
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 pinch of cayenne
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 pound smoked sausage, chopped
3 tablespoons garlic, chopped
10 cups chicken broth


  1. Place the beans in a large pot – pick out any that don’t look pretty. Pour six cups of water overtop and soak overnight.
  2. In a large pot, heat the oil. Add the ham and cook for 1 minute. Add the celery, salt, pepper, and cayenne and cook, stirring until the celery is soft, about 4 minutes. Add the parsley, thyme, sausage and 3 large ham hocks (not included in the recipe because they were removed prior to serving).
  3. Add the garlic, beans and stock and bring to a boil. Reduce and simmer for 2 hours. Mash up some of the red beans for a thicker sauce.
  4. Serve over cooked white or brown rice.

I need to give a shout out to our 101 Days of Summer participant John.  He won $10,000 from Stride Gum for his Stridea of running 40 races before he turns 40 years old!!!  If you have time today, stop on over and wish him good luck.  Congrats John!

Oh, and I signed up for FoodBuzz’s Project Food Blog – My profile is still on the first page – I am the one with the negligee apron with the cat oven mit and strainer in hand!  The competition starts in two weeks – should be fun!

26 thoughts on “Red Beans and Rice

  1. Rachel Palmieri

    I was watching the Steelers game but caught the Born to Run Emmy’s skit on Youtube…LOVED IT! The Boss is my favorite so I am biased but still….

    19grams of fiber in one bagel is a little scary! Make sure you drink lots of water LOL!

    I don’t know if your red beans and rice look authentic but they sure do look good to me! Emeril is pretty authentic so I’m sure they are the real deal! I wish Dave ate beans. I just might have to make this for myself sometime instead. Or trick him into it somehow!

    • I was kind of scared too – afraid that 19 grams of fiber would = a butt bomb, but they were good – although the whole wheat one had a slight sweetness to it – not bad, but wasn’t what I was expecting!

  2. What is the brown stuff on the red beans and rice ? Never saw that before./.. Hmmm

  3. I missed the Emmys last night – hope I can catch that opening number on YouTube.
    Biz, you brought me luck Saturday night…check out my blog post for today when you get a chance!

  4. Your red beans and rice dish looks amazing. Seriously.

    And those bagels sound awesome – 150 calories and 14 grams protein for a BAGEL? Sweet!

  5. I didn’t watched! I got so into my book I read it and watched a little bit of Drop Dead Diva instead – oopsie!!

    The red beans and rice looks great – almost like a gravy. Yum!!

  6. I watched some of the Emmy’s…they were great!

  7. I think your red beans and rice look great! Emeril always has great recipes for that sort of thing. Yum!

  8. can’t wait to hear how the bagels taste! i was into the perfect 10 western bagels for a while which had similar type stats, but now i usually just go for the real thing every once in a while. i have a favorite bagel place back home and i ate bagels 3 out of 4 days on my visit this past weekend 🙂 they are super tough and doughy and bready and i cant get enough!!

  9. Love Carb Check bagels. Yum! reminds me that I need to buy some. They’re so filling too.

    Girl, now you have me wanting some red beans and rice!

  10. This recipe reminds me of our Charleston days. I had an instructor who taught Louisiana dishes and, along with jumbilaya, crawfish pie, and file gumbo, red beans and rice was also offered. Delicious!

    I’ve never heard of Woodman’s.


  11. That looks great!!
    And, somehow-I have become a fan of glee! I am now addicted to the show..

  12. Hey Biz,

    your red beans & rice look just like the stuff I got in New Orleans. I am totally making this recipe very soon!!

    I have a question – I am almost positive I saw a broccoli/cheddar “sauce” and I think you used it over baked potatoes – was that you? I searched your site but I can’t find it. HELP!

    much love, jen

  13. Woah the stats on those bagels look awesome. I’m going to have to look for them!

  14. Oh my God your profile pic is hysterical! Love the apron! I’m just 5 rows below you!! Exciting!

  15. what a great grocery store find – they sound similar to alternative bagels, but I’m pretty sure they are a lot more expensive than $2.79!

  16. Loved the Emmy’s!

    Your red beans and rice look sooo good. I have never made them, but hubby ordered some the other day, and they were delicious.

  17. Woodys!!! Love them (although you know that!) Can I just say how excited I am that one is opening in a month right down the street from my work!! Trust me, if you wanted me to, I could go on and on about them. (perk of working in the industry)

    I know J would love your red beans and rice… so this is definitely being bookmarked!

  18. mmmm! i have been thinking of whether to go to new orleans or san antonio and this post feels like a sign i should go to new orleans!

  19. So…your “this was half” melting delicious sandwich just made me hungry for one. Yea, it’s dinner time.

  20. yums!! i just picked up some cajun bison sausage that im dying to try out. cajun seasoning is mouth-watering!! i love it with caramelized onions too mmmmmm

  21. those red beans and rice look awesome!!! ive never tried to make them authentic style like that.. yum!!

    i entered that project food buzz too- sadly i think i am way too lazy to keep up with it.. lol

  22. Hello Biz. I thought I commented on this one but guess I read it while working. Anyways wanted to thank you once again for all the help with my Bigstridea contest.
    Thank you! Don’t forget to remind me when your contest opens for voting…as I do owe you 🙂

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