I LOVE red beans and rice! But even when I ate pork, I never cared for the sausage they put in the dish and I would always eat around it. This is the first time I’ve made it from scratch, though I have tried the Zatarian’s mix a few times over the years (usually with chicken or shrimp instead of sausage though). I started thinking about how easy it would be make my own version and I must say I was very pleased with the results! It’s hearty, delicious and it has just the right spicy kick!
What You’ll Need:
Extra virgin olive oil
1/2 a large yellow onion, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped
3 celery ribs, chopped (leaves are fine)
3 large garlic cloves, minced
Freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons of Creole, Cajun or Soul Food seasoning (Any of the three will work. I used Soul Food seasoning)
1 teaspoon of paprika
1 can of red beans (Or you can soak some beans overnight and cook them instead)
1 cup of wild rice
2 1/3 cups of vegetable broth
Several generous shakes of hot sauce
Saute onion, bell pepper, celery and garlic until tender. Stir in a pinch of sea salt, cayenne pepper, Creole, Cajun or Soul Food seasoning and paprika. Add 1 cup of wild rice and let cook for about 2 minutes to bring out its nutty flavor. Add beans, broth and hot sauce and cook until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender. (Usually about 25-30 minutes. Check the directions for the wild rice you purchase to get an idea of how long your rice takes to cook.) Serve warm.
Notes: Left overs with this dish are delicious! It also reheats very well. After sitting overnight the spicy flavors meld even more! It’s a win, win situation!