Beans, rice with andouille
This classic slow-cook meal in one pot can be made fast
Hankering for that old-time flavor of slow-cooked beans and rice? Try this quick cupboard version that's perfect for an after work meal. (Photo by Bill Hogan)
Red beans are soaked overnight, then cooked up with spicy seasonings and a ham hock or sausage until the flavors concentrate and mingle. Heavenly.
But who has time these days? Hankering for that old-time flavor, I looked in the cupboard for products I could use to approximate that smoky, earthy flavor. A can of Bush's seasoned black beans could stand in for red beans.
A package of Aidell's andouille sausage in the freezer could work in place of slow-cooked ham hocks. Add some seasoning and a simmer, and I had a version of beans and rice that would do nicely for a weeknight meal. Serve with sauteed collards or kale and corn bread from the bakery.
Beans and rice with andouille
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
2 tablespoons canola oil
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1 1/4 cups long-grain rice
1 can (15 ounces) chicken broth
1 teaspoon thyme
1 package (12 ounces) andouille or Polish sausage links, sliced
1 can (16 ounces) seasoned black or chili beans
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
3 tablespoons chopped cilantro or parsley
1. Heat oil in large heavy saucepan over medium-high heat; add garlic and onion. Cook, stirring, 2 minutes. Add rice; cook, stirring, until rice is lightly colored, 2 minutes. Pour chicken broth into large measuring cup; add enough water to measure 2 1/2 cups. Pour into rice mixture; stir in thyme. Heat to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer; simmer until rice is tender, about 15 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium heat; add sausage. (Add a little oil, if needed.) Cook until browned on one side, about 2 minutes. Add beans, salt, pepper and red pepper. Cook until hot, 2 minutes. Keep warm. Place rice in large serving bowl; top with sausage and beans. Sprinkle with cilantro.
Per serving: 386 calories, 36% of calories from fat, 16 g fat, 5 g saturated fat, 32 mg cholesterol, 49 g carbohydrates, 17 g protein, 1,135 mg sodium, 5 g fiber.