Red Beans And Rice - 8

Course : Cajun
Serves: 1
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2 Cup freshly cooked rice
1 teaspoon salt
1 dash ground red pepper
1 piece bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon ground sage
1 teaspoon ground pepper
1 teaspoon dried thyme -- crumbled
1 clove garlic -- finely chopped
1 medium celery stalk -- chopped
1 medium green pepper -- seeded and chopped
1 large onion chopped
1/2 pound smoked ham shanks
1 1/2 pounds smoked sausage -- sliced
1 pound red beans

Preparation / Directions:

Place beans in Dutch oven and cover generously with water. Let soak for 30 minutes. Add all remaining ingredients to beans except salt and rice. Bring to boil over medium 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. Remove ham bones. Remove about 3 Tablespoons of beans from mixture and mash to a paste. Return bean paste to mixture and stir. Simmer 15 more minutes and then serve hot over the rice.

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