Cajun beans for 40 people: Start to finish

If you would have asked me when I was little if a fun Friday night entailed cooking beans for 40 people, I would have questioned that. However– with a little music, the windows open and the opportunity to feed people healthy-love-filled food…..it was indeed a Friday evening well spent!

Beans for 40……

First, I soaked 3 1/2 lbs of beans over night, drained and rinsed.

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I started with a smokey sauce (browned tomato paste, chipotle peppers and onion powder).

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Next I made a version of a “mirepoix” (a base/combo of celery, onions, garlic, and green bell peppers)

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….Then I added in the spices. The Cajun spices smelled so good and complimentary: smoked paprika, onions powder, garlic powder, cumin, chili powder, salt, white pepper, cinnamon, Korean red pepper, cayenne, and salt

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Once everything was prepped, it was time to cook the beans with all the flavors. I boiled the beans with unsalted veggie bouillon, my mirepoix and the smokey sauce.

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Once the beans got going I added thyme and oregano. After about 2 hours and some careful motoring, the beans absorbed all of the lovely flavors and were done!

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I did hear back from the guests and the beans were a success! It always  tastes wonderful when you make your food with love…and balance the flavors of course:)

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