Thursday, October 4, 2007

Red Beans 'n Rice

As a girl born in the south (and family still there) I sometimes must make a dish close to my roots. Tonight, I made red beans 'n rice for a few reasons, 1.) I needed to use up our veg sausage, 2.) My hubby put red beans on the pot and asked what we should make with them, and 3.) I love comfort food, especially trying to veganize them. This was really good, but it was missing something. If anyone is super familiar with Cajun food, please tell me what I was missing with this recipe. It *almost* was the red beans 'n rice I remember from my childhood, but not quite.

Ingredients:
  • 1 lb dry red beans, cooked
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4-5 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • dashes of Tabasco
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp Cajun seasoning
  • Some salt and pepper
  • 1/2 package Gimme Lean vegan sausage
  • 2 cups white or brown rice, cooked
Directions: Cook beans as directed and simmer on low. Saute the onion and garlic, then bell pepper and celery, and add to beans. Add spices, simmer uncovered, adding water if needed to cover beans. Fry veg sausage in olive oil (fry in crumbles) and add to beans. Let everything simmer for a while (30 mins- 3 hours, the longer the better). Serve on top of white or brown rice.

Give it a try and tell me what I am missing. It really is good as is- not bad at all.. my hubby and his friend who was over for dinner really liked it. I'm the picky one when it comes to cajun food.

2 comments:

Isil Simsek said...

Hi there,
found you through a comment you left on B36 Kitchen.
This looks yummy!

Michelle said...

I make a similar dish. Bearing in mind that I have little familiarity with real cajun food, this is yummy, and I've gotten rave reviews. I heat a tablespoon of olive oil, and add diced celery(2-3), carrot(2), onion(1 big), and bell pepper(1 big, I use red-prettier). Once everything is soft, I add 1/2 a package of Soyrizo sausage, then 2 cups of uncooked brown rice and 6 cups of water. I let it simmer for about 35 minute, then add cooked red beans. I serve it with Tabasco.