Friday, February 8, 2013

Red Beans & Rice

[modified from:]

Serves 2-3

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 pkg (14 oz) smoked sausage (we used turkey kielbasa)
1 can red beans
Zatarains Creole Seasoning
  1. Prepare rice per your usual method.
  2. Thinly slice the sausage and drain the juice from the red beans into the sink. 
  3. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat.
  4. Add the sausage, give a sprinkling of creole seasoning and stir occasionally for about 7 mins until the sausages start to get sizzly on both sides. 
  5. Add the red beans and stir until warmed through. 
  6. About this time, your rice should be done too. Serve the beans and sausage over the rice. Add extra creole seasoning as desired at the table.
* Notes: I found the flavor of the Zatarains creole seasoning to be overpowered by the salt it contains. If you can make your own creole seasoning without the salt, I would recommend doing that and using a spicy sausage if you like spicy. You can season with salt to your liking afterwards.

* I especially liked this recipe for its simplicity, but in the future think finely chopped sautéed onion would be a fabulous addition, and maybe some garlic.

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