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Could someone please post Buster Holmes recipe for red beans and rice.

Gumbo Guy Aug 12, 2009 10:14 AM

I would love to see the recipe and make Buster Holmes's red beans and rice.


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    BrooksNYC RE: Gumbo Guy Aug 12, 2009 11:53 AM

    There are two posted here, Charlie:


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      underworld gourmet RE: BrooksNYC Aug 12, 2009 05:13 PM

      The problem with recipes like Buster's is that he didn't have anything written down either, and the transmission is suspect. I see that neither of the recipes list bay leaf, and I'm pretty sure he used it-. Other than that, they're pretty good.

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        Uncle Bob RE: BrooksNYC Aug 13, 2009 03:28 PM

        Not that it makes 15 Cents worth of difference, I just dug out my old Buster Holmes book..(Pelican Publishing 1983) and the recipes are identical to the above link with this exception.. in recipe #1...is says 2 Cloves of garlic...In recipe #2 it calls for 2 teaspoons of Hot Sauce.

        I doubt the man paid that much attention to detail anyway -I don't!!! -- 2 Cloves, 5 Cloves or 7 --2 teaspoons, 2 tablespoons or 2 fingers in a bourbon glass...Nothing earth shattering!!

        Have Fun & Enjoy!

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        CocoaNut RE: Gumbo Guy Aug 13, 2009 02:15 PM

        Growing up on the Ms. coast, I was raised on a steady diet of red beans and rice - still love them to this day, a multitude of years later. But honestly and perhaps unfortunately, I not familiar with Buster Holmes. Curiously, I googled him and found this recipe (at a couple of different sites) interesting, if not authentic.


        Of the multitude of plates of RB & R that I've eaten, prepared by friends, realatives and restaurants, I'm not sure that I've ever picked up on tomato sauce as an ingredient. Perhaps that is some magical secret ingredient that's worth a try?

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          mrsfury RE: CocoaNut Aug 13, 2009 05:57 PM

          I would try the tomato sauce (salt free because it is SO salty) but my spouse would not like me to do it. After all, I put ketchup and Tabasco in my red beans. Yeah I said it.

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            uptownlibrarian RE: mrsfury Aug 14, 2009 08:19 AM

            I put Crystal in my red beans and white beans. Are you not supposed to?

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              mrsfury RE: uptownlibrarian Aug 14, 2009 12:39 PM

              I don't think many people put ketchup. Crystal is just fine. LOL!

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                roro1831 RE: mrsfury Aug 14, 2009 01:14 PM

                I used to put mustard on mine when I was a kid. I had a neighbor that put ketchup on his, white beans as well.

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            Big Easy RE: CocoaNut Aug 15, 2009 12:09 PM

            Buster Holmes restaurant/grocery was located at the corner of Burgundy and (I think) St. Louis. If you were a down-and-out hippie in the 60's and 70's you could always count on a plate of red beans and rice on the house at Buster Holmes.

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              Clarkafella RE: Big Easy Aug 23, 2009 05:36 PM

              Not to split hairs here but it was the corner of Orleans and Burgundy.

              And my copy of the cookbook (circa 1980) uses the recipe mentioned in the link provided by Bayou Cook


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                Uncle Bob RE: Clarkafella Aug 24, 2009 02:22 PM

                The same as my "83 version.

          3. penthouse pup RE: Gumbo Guy Aug 13, 2009 02:53 PM

            Hi there,
            You asked the same question a few months ago on another board and one of the responders had a link with a "recipe."

            1. speyerer RE: Gumbo Guy Aug 13, 2009 08:50 PM

              Here is a Buster recipe for eggplant casserole:

              1. speyerer RE: Gumbo Guy Aug 24, 2009 08:15 AM

                Buster Holmes
                World Famous
                Red Beans and Rice

                1 lb. red beans
                1 lb. smoked ham hock
                1 onion, chopped
                ½ green bell pepper chopped
                Salt and pepper to taste
                2 cloves garlic
                ½ stick margarine

                Pick through beans to remove any rocks. Wash beans and cover with water. Add onion, bell pepper, ham hock, and garlic. Cook on slow fire till done (about 2 hours). Add salt, pepper, and margarine and cook five minutes. Serve on rice with Louisiana hot sauce and French bread and butter.

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