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Authentic, No Shortcuts, Louisiana Red Beans and Rice

Reviewed: Jan. 28, 2009
This is the best recipe for red beans & rice on this site. It does need tweaking for your individual tastes, though. To make these red beans taste like the ones I grew up on in Louisiana, I did the following: Omitted the jalapeƱo. Cut the bell pepper by half. Used a generous amount of Tony Chachere's cajun seasoning. Subbed chicken broth for water & cut it down to 7 cups. Used the back of my spoon to smash up enough beans to make the whole pot creamy. Must! Use! Andouille! even if you have to order it online this is the ONLY way to get the authentic and unique flavor of the sausage right. Regular sausage just isn't seasoned the same way or contains the same amount of spiciness. My central Texas grocery store has started carrying it, as does Whole Foods and other "specialty stores". I only had ham scraps instead of a ham hock but the andouille adds smoky flavor so I didn't miss the hock. Normally I'd use both the andouille & the ham hock. For those omitting celery, you really need the "holy trinity" of onion, celery & bell pepper to call it authentic. Mince it finely and sautee it first if you have to. Me, I just do a fine dice on the veggies and let them cook down in the pot.
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Shrimp Etouffee II

Reviewed: Sep. 30, 2008
I'm the original TEXICANTWIN who posted this recipe...lost my old email info and password so I've created a new profile. It's important to note that yes, this can obviously be cooked on the stovetop easily and that you can totally play around with the amounts and kinds of seasonings. At home I make this spicier and for a different group I'll make it with less of a kick. I love it that people are taking this starter recipe and twisting it to their unique tastes! I've made this recipe using shrimp, crawfish, chicken, crab and fish. I've used margarine or butter, depending on what I had more of in the fridge. It all depends on what you are in the mood for. *In recent years I have decreased the amount of time I cook the shrimp in the microwave. I've been adding it last so that it doesn't overcook. Remember, a "c" shape is done but an "o" is overcooked.*
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