I’m giving 4 stars because I made quite a few changes to the recipe. I didn’t have all of the ingredients so I made some substitutions. First off did a quick soak on ½ a package of small red beans (followed the directions on the bag). In a dutch oven I browned 1 lb Portuguese smoked sausage (doubled the sausage since I didn’t have the ham hock). I then set the sausage aside and sautéed 1 diced yellow onion, 1 diced red bell pepper,1 diced yellow bell pepper, and 6 cloves of garlic. Then to the veggies I added, black pepper, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, thyme, and Creole seasoning. I also added chicken stock granules and beef stock granules. Continued to cook the veggies with spices till tender then added 5 cups of water, beans, cooked sausage and 2 bay leaves, let it simmer and tilted the lid and let it simmer for about 3 hours till the liquid was absorbed and beans were soft. Mixed with cooked long grain rice. I cut the beans, rice and water in half since its just me and I don’t want to eat red beans and rice for a week but left the rest of the ingredients the same measurements if not more and added more seasonings since a lot of the reviews suggested it. I had also planned to make it the crock pot but ran out of time and went with my trusty cast iron Dutch oven, worked Great! Will def make again.
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I’m giving 4 stars because I made quite a few changes to the recipe. I didn’t have all of the...