this should really be called “pork 3 ways” because i overdid it on the swine. i used 2 of emeril’s recipes & just went back & forth between cast iron skillet & pressure cooker-my 2 recent kitchen bffs.

soak a cup of baby red beans 4+hours. pressure cook with 2 neckbones for an hour. let sit an hour.

sautee chopped poblanos, onions, garlic & spices-i used 4 times the amount in the recipes.

add sauteed chorizo (browned) & sauteed ham. cook & reduce. i added some tomato paste to thicken it & a little chili paste.

steam some basmati & combine.

below are the 2 recipes that guided me-

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup chopped onions
1/2 cup chopped bell peppers
1/2 cup chopped celery
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon dried thyme
2 bay leaves
1 pound boiled ham cut, into 1/2-inch cubes
6 ounces smoked sausage, cut crosswise into 1/4-inch slices (1 cup)
1 pound dried red beans, rinsed and sorted through, soaked overnight and drained
3 tablespoons chopped garlic
8 to 10 cups water
Steamed rice
Directions
Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Saute the onions, bell peppers, celery, salt, cayenne, black pepper and thyme for about 5 minutes. Add the bay leaves, ham and sausage and saute for 5 to 6 minutes. Add the beans, garlic, and enough water to cover the contents in the pot. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to medium, and simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally for about 2 hours. Add more water if the mixture becomes dry and thick. Use a wooden spoon to mash about half of the mixture against the side pf the pot. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, for about 1 1/2 hours, or until the mixture is creamy and the beans are soft. Add more water if it becomes too thick. The mixture should be soupy but not watery. Remove the bay leaves and serve with steamed white rice.

1 cup chopped onions
1/2 cup chopped celery
2 tablespoons minced garlic
8 ounces andouille sausage, cut into 2 ounce links
2 bay leaves
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
1 teaspoon salt
1 ham hock, about 1 pound
1 pound red beans, soaked and drained
8 to 10 cups chicken stock
2 cups cooked white long grain rice, warm
Garnish: 2 tablespoons chopped green onions and Essence, recipe follows
Crusty loaf bread
Directions
In a stock pot, saute the onions, celery, and garlic for 1 to 2 minutes. Add the sausage, bay leaf, black pepper, thyme, cayenne, and salt, saute for 2-3 minutes. Add the ham hock and beans. Cover the mixture with the stock. Bring up to a boil and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook the bean mixture for 2 hours or until the beans are tender. Mash 1/4 of the mixture against the side of the pot with a spoon. Reseason with salt and pepper if needed. Remove the ham hock and slice the meat off the bone. To assemble, spoon the warm rice onto the serving bowl. Ladle the bean mixture right over the top. Garnish with green onions, Essence and crusty bread.

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