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Red Beans and Rice

2 lb Dried red kidney beans
1/4 c Bacon drippings
2 ea Large onions, chopped
1 ea Large green pepper, chopped
4 ea Large garlic cloves, minced
1 ea Ham hock (about 1-1/2 lbs)
Salt to taste
Black pepper to taste
Cayenne pepper to taste
1/2 t Dried leaf marjoram *OR* 1 1/2 t Fresh marjoram, chopped
2 ea Bay leaves
1 T Sugar
1 ea 12 oz. can beer
2 lb Chaurice or any hot sausage
3 T Vegetable oil
Hot cooked white rice
12 ea Green onions, thinly sliced
1/2 c Minced parsley, flat leaf

Sort through beans; discard any discolored ones. Rinse beans; set aside. Heat drippings in a large soup pot or Dutch oven. When drippings are hot, add onions, bell pepper, and garlic. Saute until vegetables are wilted. Add rinsed beans, ham hock, salt, black pepper, cayenne, marjoram, bay leaves, sugar, beer and enough water to cover. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Cover and simmer until beans are soft and juice has thickened, about 3 hours, stirring occasionally. Add more water, if necessary. Discard bay leaves. Prick sausage with a fork. Heat oil in heavy 12-inch skillet over medium heat. When oil is hot, add sausage; cook, turning often until browned, 10 to 15 minutes. To serve, spoon rice on each plate; ladle beans with liquid over top. Place a sausage on each plate. Sprinkle with green onions and parsley. Makes 6 to 8 servings.