Red Beans And Rice With Smoked Sausage

Course : Beans
Serves: 4
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1 pound dried red beans
1 clove garlic chopped
1 1/2 pounds smoked sausage cut into chunks
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon ground pepper
8 ounces smoked ham shanks
1/2 teaspoon sage
1 large onion chopped
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1 Cup rice -- freshly cooked

Preparation / Directions:

Place beans in Dutch oven and cover generously with water. Let soak 30 minutes. Add remaining ingredients to beans except salt and rice. Bring to boil over medium high heat. Reduce heat to medium low, cover and simmer until beans are tender, adding more water if necessary (about 2 1/2 hours). Add salt to taste. Discard ham bones. Remove about 3 tablespoons of beans from mixture and mash to paste -- return to Dutch oven and stir. Simmer 15 more minutes. Serve over hot rice.

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