Who doesn’t love red beans and rice, too, on a gloomy day? This dish is the perfect comfort food to improve your sad and gloomy day. But do you want to make this dish more exciting? Do you want to add a little more flavor to this dish? If yes, then we’ve got the perfect side dishes for you that will make this dish even more comforting. So keep on reading and learn more about what goes best with red beans and rice.
How Are Red Beans And Rice Made?
The recipe for this comfort food is pretty simple and easy, plus it’s super delicious and appetizing. The recipe for the dish is as follows.
- 1 cup dried red beans
- 2 tablespoon oil
- 1 large onion chopped
- 2 tablespoons minced garlic
- 2 tablespoons minced ginger
- 6 cups of Water
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 tablespoon dried parsley
- 1 table spoon-dried thyme
- 2 cups long grain white rice
- Salt ( according to your taste)
- 2 tablespoon Paprika
- 2 tablespoon turmeric
- In a bowl, soak your red beans the night before making them so that they are easily cooked. In another bowl, soak your rice for about at least half an hour before cooking them.
- Rinse your pre-soaked beans and add them into a pot with six glasses of water. Add chopped onion, bay leaves, dried parsley, dried thyme, paprika, turmeric, salt, and pepper on top. Bring this mixture to a boil and then bring it on low heat. Let it simmer for about 2 to 2.5 hours.
- Cook your rice in the rice cooker. After the beans are done, take a pan to add 2 tablespoons of oil and add the minced garlic and ginger. Fry it for about a minute, and then add the boiling oil ginger-garlic mixture to the beans. Stir the beans and serve them with white rice. Enjoy!
What Goes With Red Beans And Rice?
Even though red beans and rice alone is a delicious dish, there are some side dishes that can enhance the taste of this dish to another level. These side dishes include:
If you’re a meat lover, then this one is for you. Andouille Sausage is one of the best go-to meat to pair up with red beans. You can either add the sausages to the red beans or have them as a side dish. The choice is yours. The sausages add a more enhancing flavor to the already full-of-flavor food making it more delicious and ambrosial. If you are not able to find Andouille Sausages, then you can replace them with Kielbasa, which has a similar yet strong and spicy taste.
If you’re not a fan of meat and want to have something simple yet delicious, then cornbread is all that you need. This simple dish enhances the taste of your food to another level. The cornbread adds a Louisiana experience to your meal. A simple classic cornbread is a perfect complement.
A fresh warm bed of rice straight from the pot served with saucy red beans and crunchy fried chicken is all that one needs. This trio is the best to lift your mood and make it extra exciting. The fried chicken adds an extra kick to your food, making it mouth-watering and flavorful. Whether it’s spicy fried chicken or buttermilk chicken, this trio is so delicious that you probably won’t have any leftovers.
Fried Pork Chomps
Next on the list is juicy fried pork chomps. Tender, juicy fried pork chomps can make red beans and rice extra flavorsome. Make sure to season your pork chops with Cajun seasoning to add more taste. The secret to perfect pork chops is not to overcook them. Also, make sure to submerge your chomps in extra hot oil and cook them for over 6 minutes.
Fried Green Tomatoes
Here is another Louisiana gem that not many people don’t know about and what’s more, it only takes 15 minutes to make these delicious fried tomatoes. Simply cut your tomatoes and coat them with flour. Dip them into buttermilk and eggs and again coat them with flour. Now fry them till they become crispy. Serve with hot Red beans and rice.
Collard Greens With Bacon
This is the best combo for those who aren’t fans of Greens. Pair collard greens with rice, beans, and bacon, and you have a complete meal ready. Make your extra bacon crispy, adding a crunch to your dish. This side dish will definitely boost the flavors of your red beans and Rice.
These are some of the best ways to eat red beans and rice. So no more worrying about what goes best with red beans and rice because you have so many options now. Try these enticing dishes and make your meals more delicious.
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