Popeye's Red Bean and Rice
Our copycat Popeye's red beans and rice is satisfying and simple to make.
Make Popeye's red beans and rice any day of the week with this great copycat recipe. If you like red beans and rice, then you're going to love this restaurant version. It's filled with delicious spices for a side dish that you and your family will make again and again. This Cajun delight even adds ham for a smokey robust flavor! You might want to make a second batch right away, because everyone will be going back for second helpings. Pair with your favorite fried chicken and dig in!
Cooking Time1 hr 45 min
- 3 cans (15.5-ounces) red beans
- 1 1/4 cup water
- 1/2 pound smoked ham shanks
- 1 large onion, finely chopped
- 1 green pepper, seeded, and finely chopped
- 1/4 cup lard
- 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, crumbled
- 1 teaspoon ground pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon ground sage
- 1 bay leaf
- 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
- salt, to taste
- 5 cups cooked rice
Pour 2 cans of beans with their liquid, water and ham in to a pot.
Add all remaining ingredients to beans except rice and extra can of beans. Bring to boil over medium heat.
Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for about an hour.
Remove ham bones, if any, and bay leaf.
Put the bean mixture in a food processor, or blender. Drain the liquid from the last can of beans and place remaining beans in food blender. Process for two or three seconds.
Pour bean mixture back in to pot and simmer on low for an additional fifteen minutes.
- Serve over cooked white rice.
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