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When someone says "red beans and rice" most everyone runs.... that's good, more for us! I found this recipe years ago, tweaked and made it tasty tasty tasty, the leftovers are even better.
- 6 slices bacon, pre-cut it into little pieces (freeze it for a few minutes for easier cutting)
- 1⁄2 green pepper (chopped or sliced thin)
- 1 medium onion (chopped or sliced thin)
- 3 garlic cloves, minced (or if I run out-garlic powder equalling 3 cloves garlic)
- 2 (15 ounce) cans kidney beans, undrained
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 -2 teaspoon salt (I like sea or kosher)
- 1 Polish sausage, sliced (you can put any kind you like or up to a pound- we like the skinless kielbasa)
- 1 tablespoon vinegar
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 cup cooked rice
- In a large, heavy saucepan, saute bacon until lightly browned.
- Remove all but 2 tablespoons fat.
- Add onion, green pepper and garlic, saute until soft.
- Add remaining ingredients except vinegar, sugar and rice. Simmer uncovered for 15-20 minutes.
- Stir in vinegar and sugar for last few minutes then serve over rice.
- *note: this recipe I've found hinges on the bacon You need good (perhaps cheap) bacony bacon, not extra lean, you want that tasty bacon- I usually up the bacon amount to half a package or more :).
- *variations: omit sausage for side dish-also.after all steps, mix with rice and throw in crockpot on warm and rice will soak up juice;.instead of sausage use boneless chicken.
I can't seem to make a recipe without adapting it to my tastes, so I won't give stars on this one, only comments. I used only one can of beans, about 3/4lb lean turkey Kielbasa diced, and I skipped the vinegar and sugar. I accidentally drained the beans so I added vegetable broth; and I couldn't resist adding just a couple tablespoonfuls of tomato sauce too -- actually, I used Marinara sauce, which I had on hand. Wow but did it smell heavenly while cooking! This doesn't taste like red beans and rice I've had before, but it was really good! I didn't want to spoil it by adding the rice ;)
I think that I would have given this recipe 5 stars, but I have to value the opinion of my BH. I felt this was a good combination of flavors, and I agree, add more bacon (I used a low-sodium). My BH thought it was a bit dry and thought some tomato sauce would have been nice in this. I suggested some chicken broth instead. Maybe even use extra to cook the rice in for added flavor. We used red beans instead of kidneys and low-fat kilbasa. I enjoyed it and so did my 17 year old son, who's been very picky lately on his dinner choices. I would love to do this again with the extra perks. Thanks for the insperational meal missjuliee!
Being a Michigander, this is a first eating red beans and rice--and they are great. Or at least I thought so...dinner was postponed, so I followed missjuliee's crockpot suggestion. Unfortunately, the aroma and sight of them was too much--hardly enough for anyone else now. Thanks!