Red Beans and Rice with Sausage

1/8 tsp thyme
1 bay leaf
2 tsp Cajun seasoning
1/4 tsp liquid smoke
1/4 tsp Tabasco
Couple dashes of Worcestershire sauce
2.5 tsp salt (little more)
1 Bag of red beans
1 onion
1 green bell pepper
4 stalks celery
3 cloves garlic, minced (or more)
Smoked Sausage (use turkey for healthier version)
White rice

1.) Soak red beans according to directions on package (I usually use the quick soak method).
2.) In large pot, add water to the beans until just covered then add an extra inch of water. Boil red beans for 90 minutes with lid on tilted.
3.) Use the immersion blender for a minute or two to blend some of the beans so it’s creamier. This is optional. 4.) Fry onion, bell pepper, and celery in separate pan using butter or bacon grease, add garlic and all seasonings for the last minute to bring out flavor. Add to the beans.
5.) Fry the sausage in the same pan. Add to the beans.
6.) Continue to cook over medium heat for 30 more minutes. Add ¼ stick of butter at the end to make it creamier (optional).
7.) Serve over rice. Add cheddar cheese on top – not optional ;-).

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