Ever since I was born, I can remember the tradition of Monday being Red Bean Day! Not only was it served at school, but when my sister and I got home from school the aroma of Mom’s homemade red beans simmering on the stovetop filled the entire house. Mom always had baked pork chops alongside the beans and rice. Often, she would also make cornbread. If you walk into just about any New Orleans restaurant/po-boy shop on a Monday, red beans are sure to be on the “Special of the Day” menu. There is even a local children’s author/singer, Johnette Downing, who wrote a book titled Today is Monday in Louisiana, which goes through each day of the week stating which culinary delight is served on that day. She came and performed where I work a couple years back. Everyday is not a traditional day for a particular meal, but Mondays are definitely for Red Beans. I do not always have red beans on Monday, but on this Monday I felt like tradition, so I simmered my red beans on the stove for about three hours to get this yummy dinner.
2 cups diced seasoning including onions, bell pepper, parsley, garlic ( I get the creole seasoning mix pre-chopped in the produce section)
1pound of Camelia’s dry red beans (soak in water ahead of time to shorten the cooking time)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound pickled meat/pork/ham
1 pound smoked sausage
Tony’s creole seasonng
Salt and pepper
3 bay leaves
Saute the onion seasoning mix in olive oil. Add meats and cook until browned. Add beans removed from soaking water. Then add fresh water to fill pot. Finally add all of the other seasonings to taste. Let beans come to a boil then reduce to medium/low to simmer for 2 to 3 hours until softened and creamy. Stir periodically to prevent sticking or burning at the bottom of the pot. Towards the end of cooking time use the back of spoon to smash the beans down. Remove bay leaves before eating. Serve over brown or white rice. Enjoy!