This recipe uses one of my stockpile double agents, hot dogs, to its fullest potential. The best part? No one will know that there are hot dogs in this recipe once you are done! I found a recipe online for red beans and rice, Popeye’s chicken-style(my fav. fried chicken franchise), and I just had to adapt it for my family. They included ham hocks and lard in their recipe and since we DO NOT eat pork products in our house, I racked my brain to figure out another way to do it. I finally put this recipe together and tested it last night and ooh boy was it good!
3 Cans Red Beans(or light kidney beans) 15.5-16 0Z ( 2 cans with liquid 1 can drained )
3 to 4 hot dogs
1 1/4 C. Water
1/2 tsp Onion Powder
1/2 tsp Garlic Salt
1/4 tsp Red Pepper
1/2 tsp Salt or To Taste(probably will need more than this)
1/4 C. vegetable shortening
1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper
4 C. Premium Long Grain Rice Cooked and Drained
Put 2 cans(not drained) of beans in a 2 quart pot and add cut up hot dogs and water. Bring to a boil, cover, and then let simmer for 1 hour. We had some leftover turkey bacon in our fridge, so I brown that off at the bottom of the pot, removed the bacon(will be used for breakfast) and then put in the ingredients. I wanted a smoky flavor in the beans, so I “used” the bacon to achieve that. You can put a few drops of liquid smoke in your pot, if you have any. Otherwise, you don’t really need it. The hot dogs will give enough flavor.
After the hour is up, turn off heat, take off cover and let sit for about 5 minutes to cool slightly.
Put the meat and bean mixture in your food processor or blender(I used our blender). Add the rest of the ingredients(except the third can of beans) into the blender and blend for about 15 to 20 seconds. As long as the extra ingredients aren’t still resting on top of the bean mixture, you’re fine.
Pour the blended mixture back into the pot and add the third, drained, can of red beans. Turn heat back on to low and stir mixture repeatedly until you are ready to serve. Taste for seasoning(I ended up adding another teaspoon of salt and pepper) and then serve over white or brown rice.
This was hubby’s bowl. The picture doesn’t do it justice but Hubby’s reaction sure did. I conveniently forgot that he HATES beans and rice and made this anyway. He took a look at it, ate half of the bowl in silence, put it down in the table, sat back, sighed, and then said “you know, I’ve never really liked beans and rice….” To which I replied, “oh? Did you like this one?”
“oh, thats good. Do you want to know what’s in it?”
I giggled, “are you sure?”
“Well, you’re going to tell me anyway, so it doesn’t matter.”
I proceeded to tell him what the “secret ingredient” was and he immediately understood why he loved it so much. So, i’m 2 for 2 on the hop-dog recipes.