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Red Beans and Rice
1 pound red beans
1 1/2 pounds smoked sausage -- sliced
1/2 pound smoked ham shanks
1 large onion chopped
1 green pepper -- seeded and chopped
1 celery stalk -- chopped
1 garlic clove -- finely chopped
1 teaspoon dried thyme -- crumbled
1 teaspoon ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground sage
1 bay leaf
1 pinch ground red pepper
freshly cooked rice
Place beans in Dutch oven and cover generously with water. Let soak for 30 minutes. Add all remaining ingredients to beans except salt and rice. Bring to boil over medium heat.
Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until beans are tender, adding more water if necessary, about 2 1/2 hours.
Add salt to taste. Remove ham bones. Remove about 3 Tablespoons of beans from mixture and mash to a paste. Return bean paste to mixture and stir.
Simmer 15 more minutes and then serve hot over the rice.
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