Friday, July 9, 2010

Cajun Red Beans and Rice

I was feeling like eating beans, but not just beans, I wanted something with a little substance to them.  I also didn't feel like making anything too elaborate. This dish fit the criteria perfectly, it was meaty, easy and full of flavor.  Hope you like it!

1 beef kielbasa
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 white Onion
1 small red pepper
1 small green pepper
4 cloves garlic
1 cup chicken stock
2 bay leaves
1 tbsp. tomato paste
1 tsp. fresh thyme leaves
2 cans red beans
4 strips turkey bacon
1 tsp. Cajun seasoning
1 tbsp. Spanish paprika
1/3 cup sliced scallions
dash of hot sauce
salt and pepper

Dice up the onions, peppers and mince the garlic. In a non-stick pan, sauté the onion, garlic and peppers, in the olive oil.  Add the bay leaves to infuse the oil. Cut the bacon and sausage into small bite-size pieces and add to the pan.  Once the onion, peppers and garlic are tender and the meat is browned, add the paprika, Cajun seasoning, and thyme. Add the beans with the liquid, and chicken stock. Next add the hot-sauce and allow the beans to simmer on medium heat for about 25 minutes. Garnish with the scallions.  Serve over white rice.

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