Uptown Red Beans and Rice

Cajun spices, dried red beans, red velvet okra, celery, onions, peppers, garlic, tomatoes and kale with soaked brown rice and Louisiana hot sauce..

Red Beans and Rice
Red Beans and Rice

Soak dried red beans and brown rice (separately) overnight in cool filtered water.

Rinse, drain and cook beans in filtered water with bits of celery, onions, carrots, bay leaf and fresh thyme.

Rinse, drain and cook rice in filtered water with butter, sea salt, smoked black pepper and dried minced jalapeños (optional).

Heat clarified butter in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat.  Add celery and onions and cook until slightly brown.

Add okra, peppers and kale and sauté 2 minutes.

Add tomatoes, garlic and beans.  Season with dried oregano, cayenne, caraway, dill, turmeric and marjoram.

Reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes, stirring often.

Serve beans and vegetables over rice, dress with hot sauce if desired.


Notable New Orleans Uptowners have included jazz musicians Louis Armstrong, Buddy Bolden, Harry Connick, Jr., Louis Prima, George Brunies, Percy Humphrey, Joe “King” Oliver, Leon Roppolo, singers the Boswell Sisters and Mahalia Jackson, author Anne Rice, inventor A. Baldwin Wood, ethnobotanist Mark Plotkin, and professional football players Peyton Manning, Eli Manning, Drew Brees and rappers B.G., Birdman and Lil’ Wayne.

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4 thoughts on “Uptown Red Beans and Rice

  1. We love red beans and rice around here. Yours looks MUCH better though! :) I have everything except okra, but saw it at the farmer’s market. I will give this a try for sure. What a great way to use summer harvest veggies.

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