Even an e-tailgate party needs food!

For our cheering section tomorrow we are eating Israel’s Famous Red Beans n Rice, Gumbo and King Cake. My recipe for Red Beans n Rice follows. Please note that my spices and herbs are done by sight so it is something I don’t have amounts for but I can give you a couple of pointers to figure it out!

Start of by making a roux and burning it – now you know how the Colts will feel! 😉


  • 1 lb Red Beans, dry – do not get the canned stuff. If you do then forget about it. Just go to McDonald’s.
  • 1 Large or 2 Medium or 3 small white onions, chopped.
  • 1 Green Pepper, chopped.
  • 5 Celery Ribs, chopped.
  • 6 cloves of garlic, minced.
  • 2 smoked ham hock
  • 4 Bacon strips and half the grease from cooking a whole batch of bacon.
  • 2 large anduille sausages, thinly sliced. Half frozen makes this easy.
  • 1 tsp Dried thyme leaves, crushed.
  • 2 Bay leaves, if they are older then 3-4 leaves.
  • “dashes” of Tabasco sauce – actually it is more than a dash. Also, don’t try any other type of pepper sauce. I’ve tried all of them in all sorts of ways. Only Tabasco works.
  • “dashes” of Worcestershire sauce. What I can tell you is twice the amount of Tabasco to the Worcestershire. I typically douse the Worcestershire sauce into the pot for around three seconds if that helps.
  • Tony Chacheres – no other Cajun seasoning mixture is right. You can try your own balance of cayenne pepper, white pepper, black pepper, etc., but why? Just buy this stuff.
  • Kosher Salt, 2 tble?

1. Soak beans overnight. Put some Tabasco sauce in the soaking water. Next day, rinse and boil in water for an hour. Again, add Tabasco and add some tony’s. Make sure there is plenty of water.  Drain and rinse the beans.
2. Cook the Trinity. I caramelize the onions first, then add the green peppers and celery until celery is tender. Add garlic and cook for a few more minutes.
3. Throw everything in a big pot and cover with an additional two inches of water. Heat slowly and boil – watching and stirring semi-constantly. The more it boils down the more it will stick. Boil for 2 hours.
4. Sit in fridge over night.
5. Reheat slowly adding water if necessary. Taste and add more seasoning if appropriate.

Note: some peeps eat it with pork chops, others with whole sausage links so whatever suits you. Always have real corn bread cooked in an iron skillet on hand to enjoy with red beans n rice.

Any questions?


4 Comments to “Even an e-tailgate party needs food!”

  1. I cannot wait!!! It will be the best Super Bowl party I’ve been to, no question!

  2. Thanks for your love of our seasoning and spreading the word! We are touched by your loyalty!

    Cindy Adams-Ardoin
    Food Scientist
    Tony Chachere’s

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