Red Beans and Rice 3

1 lb dried red beans or kidney beans
1 quart hot water
1 large ham bone with meat
1 large onion, chopped
1/2 cup chopped green onion
2 cloves garlic, pressed
1 bay leaf
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1-1/2 tsp salt
1 lb smoked sausage, cut into 1 inch pieces
Hot cooked rice

Sort beans and rinse well. Cover with water and soak overnight. Drain beans and place in a large heavy pot. Add hot water, ham bone, onion, green onion, garlic, bay leaf, cayenne pepper and salt. Bring mixture to a boil. Cover and reduce heat. Simmer beans two hours or until tender, adding more water if necessary to keep from sticking. Stir often. Add sausage to beans and simmer, uncovered, about 15 minutes longer or until thick gravy forms. Stir occasionally. Serve over rice.

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Cajun Country -- New Iberia, Louisiana