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Creole Style Red Beans

[expand title=’Ingredients’]2 – 2 1/2 c. red beans, dried
1 lb. or more ham butt, shoulder,
etc. or 1 ring smoked sausage
2 lg. onions
1 green pepper
2 bay leaves
CAUTION: No salt[/expand]

Preparation:
Soak the beans overnight in 6 cups of cold water. Cut the ham or sausage in 1″ pieces, coarsely cut up the onion and pepper. Dump all this merchandise in with the beans and add another cup or so of water to make up for what the beans have absorbed. Bring to a brisk boil, then immediately reduce the heat (to 200 degrees, if you have a controlled burner), cover the boiler and simmer the beans until they are tender and a good red gravy appears. They should cook in about 1 1/2 to 2 hours, but this varies. You keep fishing out samples and trying same until you get what you want. It may be necessary to add a little boiling water if they tend to cook dry. The meat usually has quite a plenty salt, but you may want to pep the beans up with a little Louisiana Hot Sauce and/or a little chili powder, but go easy. Serve these in bowls, to be eaten with a spoon.

Hot Creole Dip

[expand title=’Ingredients’]1 lb. ground beef
4 green onions, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
2 tbsp. margarine
2 lbs. Velveeta
4 oz. pimento, chopped
4 tbsp. chili powder
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
Tabasco, salt, pepper to taste[/expand]

Preparation:
Brown meat. Saute’ onion, pepper and celery in margarine. Melt cheese. Add all other ingredients to the cheese and pour into a large baking dish. Bake 300 degrees for 2 1/2 hours. Serve with fritos or melba toast. Note: We chopped the vegetables in a food processor to save time and added some picante sauce to the mixture.

Creole Sauce

[expand title=’Ingredients’]1 c. chopped carrots
1 c. chopped onions
1/2 c. chopped celery
1 qt. clam juice
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. marjoram
1/4 tsp. tarragon
3/4 tsp. thyme
2 bay leaves
1 tbsp. garlic
1/2 c. white wine (Taylor Chardonnay)
1 lb. can tomato paste
Cayenne pepper[/expand]

Preparation:
Saute carrots, onion and celery together in butter (or olive oil, preferred). Add flour and saute to cook roux, stirring constantly. Add clam juice, herbs, garlic and wine. Simmer about 15 to 20 minutes. Add tomato paste to thicken. Serve with shrimp, scallops, etc.

Creole Omlet

[expand title=’Ingredients’]1 onion, minced
1 tsp. tomato paste
Shortening
1 clove garlic
1/2 c. bread crumbs, soaked in milk
4 eggs, well beaten
1 tbsp. minced green peppers
Salt & pepper to taste
1/4 lb. ham, ground[/expand]

Preparation:
Saute minced onions, tomato paste, shortening and garlic. Add bread crumbs which have been soaked in milk, remove from fire, allow to cool. Add beaten eggs, beat a few minutes. Add ham and green pepper. Put shortening in an omelet skillet or pan. Fry on a low flame, moving the pan occasionally so as to distribute the heat evenly. Turn whole omelet over only once. Serve hot.

Creole Beef Liver

[expand title=’Ingredients’]1/2 c. diced onions
1/2 c. chopped green bell pepper
1 c. canned tomatoes
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. ground cumin
1 to 2 tbsp. water
12 oz. beef liver[/expand]

Preparation:
Cook onions in medium saucepan, that has been sprayed with Pam, until lightly browned. Add green pepper, cook 2 minutes, add 1 to 2 tablespoons water, if needed to thin sauce. Spray rack of broiling pan with Pam. Broil liver about 3 minutes or until top is browned, turn and broil for 3 minutes more. Slice liver very thin and add tomato mixture. Heat 2 minutes and serve. (Divide evenly into 2 servings.) Single serving = 4 ounces protein, 1 cup vegetable.

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