Peas N Rice is to bahamians what potatoes are to most americans. A meal is not a meal with out peas n rice. Bahamian food is a fusion of many cultures and quite unique. Enjoy!
1/2 lb bacon chopped
1 small onion chopped
1/2 green pepper chopped
2 stalks celery chopped
1 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
1/2 tsp thyme leaves
Salt to taste
1 can of kidney beans (drained) You can substitute any bean you like.
6 oz can tomato paste
3 3/4 Cups water
2 Cups long grain rice
Reduce the bacon in a large pot medium low heat. When the bacon is crispy add the onion, green pepper, and celery, salt a little. Continue with the low heat until the mixture is tender.
Add the tomato paste and stir in. Add the beans. Add the water, stir, season with salt to taste and add the thyme and black pepper. Turn heat to high. When the pot reaches a boil add the rice and stir.
Top the pot with a proper fitting lid and reduce the heat to low. Set your kitchen timer for 25 mins.
After 25 mins check the rice, if done turn off the heat and let the pot sit for a further 15 minutes.