Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Your Place or Mine?

In need of some comfort food?

We are still dealing with up and down temperatures, mostly down and rainy! And in the tradition of hibernation we are all about the comfort food these days. And with all the rainy weather we just wanted to stay in. Shortly after we moved here 3 years ago, my husband re-discovered Blue Runner beans in the grocery store. Not only do they make life easier, the company is right here in Ascension Parish and we love that! So for the record I received permission from JT to use this handy and delicious short-cut. In fact, because red beans and rice is such a traditional dish here I often make it for our guest visiting from out of town as a "taste of Louisiana". We have had several family members take cans back with them in their suitcase or have them shipped to their doorstep from the website. It's traditionally a Monday dish in Louisiana but we enjoy them anytime! 

Red Beans and Rice

You will need:

27 oz. can of Blue Runner Creole Style Red Beans
1 cup of frozen seasoning blend (in the freezer section: chopped onion, bell pepper & celery)
2 cups of smoked sausage, cut in small chunks (I used turkey sausage)
1 tsp. of oil (I used E.V.O.O)
Cajun seasoning, to taste
1 cup of cooked rice (I did use white rice this time, but I have used brown rice in the past and it was great and much better for you!)

 Brown off the sausage in the oil, then add the veggies and saute till soft. Add the can of beans and mix well. Sprinkle with the Cajun seasoning. Cover and simmer on low heat for 15-20 mins. You want the beans to be a creamy gravy type consistency so add a little water while cooking if needed.  

Cook your rice as directed while the beans simmer.

Pour the beans over a scoop of rice. Add hot sauce, if desired.

Garnish with chopped parsley and red or green onion. 

It will serve 4 hearty portions or up to 6 as a side dish.


If you would like to order Blue Runner Beans here is the link:



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