Spicy Red Beans with Ham and Andouille Sausage
- SERVINGS: 8
Hattie Austin Moseley ate this chili-like dish when she was growing up in Louisiana.
- 1 pound dried red beans, picked over and soaked overnight
- 3 quarts water
- 2 meaty smoked ham hocks
- 1 large onion, coarsely chopped
- 1 green bell pepper, coarsely chopped
- 3 tablespoons minced garlic
- 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
- 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 bay leaf
- Pinch of cayenne pepper
- 3/4 pound smoked ham, cut into 1/2-inch dice
- 1 andouille sausage, thinly sliced (about 4 ounces)
- 6 scallions, white and green parts, thinly sliced
- Drain and rinse the beans. In a large enameled cast-iron casserole, combine the beans with the water, ham hocks, onion, bell pepper, garlic, vinegar, black pepper, thyme, bay leaf and cayenne. Bring to a simmer over moderate heat. Cover partially, reduce the heat to moderately low and cook, stirring occasionally, until the beans are tender, about 1 1/2 hours. Add the ham, andouille and scallions and cook over moderate heat until the beans are just beginning to fall apart and the sauce is reduced to a thick gravy, about 30 minutes.
- Remove the ham hocks. Pull the meat off the bones, tearing it into pieces. Return the meat to the beans and season with salt. Serve hot.
Make Ahead The beans can be refrigerated for up to 3 days. Serve With Parsleyed white rice and hot sauce.