I didn't rate this recipe as good as it is. It is a great rendition of red beans and rice just as written. I have made this recipe many times with great results. When I'm feeling lazy I use Miami Beaches base recipe with one significant change that many of you will likely discard. Instead of using EVOO, I use bacon drippings that occupy a spot on my kitchen counter. Not the healthiest choice but the flavor is there and that is the southern way - just exercise more:)
Several Cajun dishes; gumbo, jambalaya, and red beans and rice, are so much better with a roux at it's base. Creating a roux adds an extra 45 minutes to this recipe, but it is worth the time and effort. This is the method I use when I want to "do it right".
To modify the recipe as I have, modify step two with the following. You will need to add an extra 1.5 cups of water in step 3. For clarity, an additional step - "2a" - is added as well.
2. Mix 1/4 cup of bacon grease (or oil of choice) and 1/4 cup of all purpose flour in skillet. Cook, stirring constantly, over medium heat until the roux is mahogany brown in color. This will take 30-45 minutes!
2a. Add the celery, onion, garlic, and bell pepper to the roux and cook for 5 minutes.
Continue with the steps Miami Beach outlined with the original recipe.
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I didn't rate this recipe as good as it is. It is a great rendition of red beans and rice...