Happy Mardi Gras!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Happy Fat Tuesday! I can't even fake that I am in any way an expert on Mardi Gras, New Orleans culture, Lent... none of it. But a few weeks ago, I was looking in my cabinets for something new to make for dinner and it hit me... red beans and rice! This recipe is infused with flavor, is definitely not authentic, but is so quick and easy to make.

The first thing you need to have before you can even think about making red beans and rice is creole seasoning. You can either make your own (here's a good recipe) or use a good quality prepared seasoning (I used Tony Chaceres and would recommend it). Alright, now that we have that part ready, let's get to the recipe.

Half a smoked sausage or kielbasa, cut in thin slices
One can of red beans (I prefer light red kidney beans), drained
Once can of no salt green beans, drained
Rice (and water)
Creole seasoning

1. Start cooking your rice according to package instructions (or in the best invention ever - a rice cooker!);
2. In a dry pan, place the cut sausage or kielbasa into the pan in a single layer, sprinkle with creole seasoning;
3. Let sausage cook until the piece start to dome;
4. Once domed, turn the pieces over with tongs and season again;
5. Once the sausage is cooked, add in the drained beans and green beans and add additional seasoning (to your personal taste);
6. Mix together and heat through;
7. Once the rice is cooked, plate the rice and top with the sausage mixture.
8. Enjoy and pretend you are vacationing in Louisiana!

This dish definitely tastes indulgent, but other than the sausage and the salt in the spice mixture it's not too bad for you!

I hope you have a great Mardi Gras ya'll!

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