We love red beans and rice at our home. I have searched for years for the best red bean and rice recipe and have settled on one that fits the bill. It takes a long time but it is so worth it. I make a huge batch when I make it. It freezes very well.
Soak kidney beans over night, I use one bag of dried beans.
Drain the kidney beans and pick through the beans to make sure they are good. Sometimes you run across a bean that doesn't look right.
Saute one onion and three cloves of garlic in a couple of tablespoons of butter.
Add 6 quarts of water to the onions and garlic.
Add a package of ham hocks.
Add a red hot pepper flakes to taste.
Cook for 3 to 5 hours on very low temperature. I usually cook it all day.
Remove ham hocks and add 1 pound Hillshire farm or other brand sausage to the red beans and rice. At this point, I taste it and if I need to add salt, pepper or hot sauce this is a good time to do it. Cook for an additional 30 minutes. Just enough time to start rice.
This dish is a great side dish or main course.