Monday, December 5, 2011

Red Beans And Rice With Smoked Sausage


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Red Beans And Rice With Smoked Sausage
Copyright 2011 Christine's Pantry. All rights reserved.

Ingredients:
1 pound smoked sausage, sliced, then cut each slice in half
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 (15.5 oz) can red beans, rinse and drained
1 onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
salt and pepper, to taste
1 teaspoon parsley
1 teaspoon thyme
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 bay leaf
1 heaping tablespoon garlic, minced
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 cup cooked rice

Directions:
In large pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add sausage and cook about 5 to 7 minutes. Add onions and peppers. Stirring and cook until tender. Stir in thyme and garlic, cook about 1 minute. Add beans, salt, pepper, crushed red pepper, bay leaf, parsley and chicken broth. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, until liquid has reduces. Remove bay leaf and discard bay leaf. Serve over cooked rice. Enjoy!

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23 comments:

  1. Looks like it is time to retire that box mix and make it from scratch. Inspiring and delicious post!

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  2. This looks sooooo good! It looks so hearty, and perfect for a cold day. I love red beans and rice:-) Hugs, Terra

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  3. I didn't know any of that about the bay leaves!! Red Beans and Rice is my husband's most requested dish, and I have to admit I've not made if for him recently. Our recipes are similar, but I think I'm going to pop your version together for him this week! He will be a happy guy!

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  4. That's true Christine, bay leaves is very aromatic. we often use in Indian cooking. Red beans are my favorite with rice.

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  5. This looks delicious! All the ingredients compliment each other so well, the red beans and rice, the garlic and smoked sausage! Great recipe :)

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  6. Great looking dish with sausages and rice, very hearty and delicious!

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  7. We love beans and rice - yours looks interesting with the addition of the bay leaf. I will try it your way next time. I always enjoy your blog- keep up the nice work!

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  8. Christine I make mine almost the same way...such a good dinner for this time of year.

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  9. Thank you SO much for all your comments.

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  10. Christine, this sounds so delicious. I love red beans and rice and the smoked sausage makes this sound perfect.

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  11. what an interesting combination - red beans and rice, never thought of cooking both together.

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  12. I've said it again and again, I love the sausage!

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  13. I too use bay leaf quite often and thats a great outcome you have made with the same leaf.

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  14. I use bay leaf a lot too. This dish looks so delicious and comforting. Perfect for winter!

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  15. Red beans and rice sounds interesting, and I've never heard of it, but who's to say no, right? I bet it tasted scrumptious:D

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  16. It's funny - every recipe I have says to remove the bay leaf. However, the tradition in my family is if you get it (don't eat it) it's good luck! So....I leave mine in!

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  17. I have not had red beans and rice in forever, thanks for inspiring me to make it soon!!

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  18. I also always leave my bay leaf in my dishes. It is always my hubby who gets it :) Red beans and rice are one of my winter comfort foods. You are reminding me to go make some. Love this recipe!

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  19. Mmmmm...we love eating smoked sausage this way! Delicious!

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  20. Red beans and rice is a staple dish in our household, but your recipe differs from mine. Next time I'll mix it up and try yours!

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  21. I love hearing from you all. Just love it.

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  22. Yippee!! This reminds me of meals I had growing up. Sometimes my mom would use pinto beans instead of red beans. Bay leaves are always in my cupboard. To me they're a big part of Creole cooking. Love this post!

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  23. That's true Christine, bay leaves is very aromatic. we often use in Indian cooking. Red beans are my favorite with rice.

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