2 ½ cups dried red kidney beans, rinsed, picked over
½ oz dried porcini mushrooms*
1-½ cups boiling water
1 ½ tbsp olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
1 large green bell pepper, chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
¼ cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
2 ½ tbsp fresh tarragon, chopped or 2 tsp dried, crumbled
2 tsp fresh rosemary, minced or 1 tsp dried, crumbled
3 bay leaves
3 oz button mushrooms, sliced
3 (14 ½ oz) cans beef broth
4 cups water
1¾ lbs smoked ham hocks, cut into pieces
3 tbsp butter
1½ lbs Pioneer Sausage
hot pepper sauce (such as Tabasco)
4 cups long-grain rice, freshly cooked
¼ cup fresh chives, chopped
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
*Porcini are available at Italian markets and specialty foods stores.
Place beans in large bowl with enough cold water to cover by 3 inches. Let stand overnight. Drain beans.
Place dried mushrooms in bowl and pour 1 ½ cups boiling water over. Soak until softened, about 15 minutes. Transfer mushrooms to bowl using slotted spoon. Strain soaking liquid through sieve lined with paper towel; reserve. Thinly slice mushrooms.
Heat oil in heavy large pot over medium heat. Add onion, celery, bell pepper, garlic, ¼ cup parsley, tarragon, rosemary and bay leaves. Cook until vegetables are translucent, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes. Add button mushrooms and sauté 3 minutes. Mix in kidney beans, porcini mushrooms, reserved mushroom soaking liquid, broth, 4 cups water and ham hocks. Bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover partially and simmer 1 hour.
Meanwhile, melt 3 tablespoons butter in heavy large skillet over medium heat. Add sausage and cook through, turning frequently, about 10 minutes. Transfer sausage to paper towels using tongs and drain. Cut into 1-inch-thick slices.
Add sausage to bean mixture in pot. Simmer uncovered until beans are very tender, stirring frequently, about 45 minutes. Season with hot pepper sauce and cayenne. Remove ham hocks. Discard bones. Cut meat into bite-size pieces and return to pot. (Can be prepared 2 days ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Bring to simmer before serving.) Spoon rice into bowls. Ladle beans over. Garnish with chives and parsley.