Cajun Red Beans and Rice

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Cajun Red Beans and Rice
Cajun Red Beans and Rice
1 lb. dry red beans
1½ to 2 lbs. meaty ham shanks
4 to 4½ cups water
4 cloves garlic minced
1 large onion chopped
1½ cups celery chopped
1 cup green bell pepper chopped
1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp. Cajun or Creole seasoning, or to taste
Tabasco Sauce, salt and pepper to taste
white rice Cooked

Prep time: 20 minutes,  Soak time: 1 hour or overnight,
Cook time: 2½ to 3 hours (mostly unattended), Serves: 8

Soak or quick soak beans according to package directions; drain well. Place beans, ham, water, garlic and onion in a large pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 1½ hours or until beans are tender. Let cool slightly, then remove ham shank. Shred ham and add back to pot with celery, bell pepper, Worcestershire and seasoning; cover and cook for 1 hour more or until mixture is thickened. Season to taste with Tabasco Sauce, salt and pepper and serve over rice.

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