We love traditional, down-south, home cooking in the cool weather months, and red beans and rice has always been a favorite. However, I have never made it in the crock pot or with a desire to keep it healthier!
I found a crock pot recipe and put my own spin on it. Of course, you need a crock pot! SInce this is just for two, I used one pound of dry red beans. Wash them thoroughly before placing in the crock post. I also purchased at our local favorite HEB Grocery, a creole mix of onion, green pepper, and celery…you can of course chop yourself, but this mix is great if it is available at your market. I poured that on top of the beans along with three minced cloves of garlic. Then I added a sliced package of Aidell’s Cajun Style Adouille All Natural Sausage. It is delicious and not too spicy.
The next important ingredient is 2-3 tablespoons of Creole Seasoning…I use two…my husband would like three…but that would be too much spicy for me! A traditional recipe will tell you to pour on 7 cups of water…but for added taste and protein, I used half chicken bone broth and half water.
Then I cook it on low for nine hours. It was delicious for Super Bowl Sunday. My husband likes it over Jasmine Rice….and I like this brand. I love the rice, but this year are it without rice since I am trying to watch my carbs.
It’s February….it’s red…and it tastes great!