Thrifty Thursday

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Yes, it is time for another addition of Thrifty Thursday.  Today I decide to feature a recipe that I found in the March 2011 issue of Southern Living.  It is a big hit in my house and feeds a lot of people.  Also, it is a recipe that can be made with or without meat.  I went for the meat option because I was able to snag the sausage on sale (and the hubs loves him some meat).

Red Beans and Rice

  • 1 lb dried red kidney beans
  • 1 lb andouille sausage, thinly sliced
  • 3 celery rids, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped ( I used Vidalia b/c I am from GA and I prefer a sweet onion)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Tbsp Creole seasoning (We use Tony Chachere’s in this house b/c it is the best in the world)
  • 3 cups uncooked long-grain rice (I used brown rice, but you can use white just as easily)
  1. Soak the beans overnight.
  2. Saute sausage with celery, onion, pepper and garlic in a little bit of olive oil.
  3. Transfer the sausage mixture from above into a crockpot and add the beans, 7 cups water and creole seasoning.
  4. Stir together and cook on low for 7 hours or on high for 4 hours.
  5. Cook the rice according to package directions near the end of the cook time for the items in the crockpot.
  6. Serve over the rice.

If you want to go vegetarian with this to make it cheaper then just omit the sausage.

Happy cooking everyone!

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