Monday, August 10, 2009

Tempt My Tummy and Tasty Tuesday...Red Beans and Rice

Today I am joining Lisa and Lana at Blessed with Grace and Jen at Balancing Beauty and Bedlam for a double post. It's my first time to join either of these two and I am glad to join the party!

First, let me say that it is hotter than blue blazes here in my neck of the woods. I tend to categorize food into summer food and winter food. And in my opinion, red beans and rice definitely falls into the latter category. I don't know what made Beloved think of this dish. Maybe he was thinking about a trip to the French Quarter; Alton could have talked about it on the food network. Heck, maybe he just saw a Popeye's commercial. But Beloved requested red beans and rice this week, and I was so happy for a meal suggestion that I immediately pulled out the recipe.

You can absolutely tell this is not a "borrowed" photograph! No one would post a pot that looks like this. I haven't figured out a way to doll up real pots that are being used for photos! The point is--it's what's IN the pot that is good. I grew up about ten miles from the Louisiana state line and these people consider themselves to be the experts in this field. Cajuns know how to do this! This is how I was taught to do it:

Chop 1 large onion and 2 cloves of garlic. Boil about 3 cups of water with 1/2 pound of salt pork. If you're watching your salt or you aren't sure what is is :) you can leave the salt pork out, but it won't be the same...good, but not the same. Add the onion and and garlic and 3-4 tablespoons of chili powder. Simmer until the onions are soft. Add 1 (28 0z.) can of stewed tomatoes, 2 cans of pinto beans, and 1 tablespoon sugar. Simmer about an hour. Add 1 pound of smoked sausage cut into 1/2 inch slices. Simmer on low about an hour. Serve over rice.

I served it with a fresh spinach salad and cornbread. I still think of this as winter comfort food, but it was so good we just turned down the air conditioning! Beloved was happy! Thanks for letting me join you! Please visit and
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  1. The beans looks great!! I love you "not borrowed" pictures. It is being real!!

  2. I LOVE red beans and rice! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Congratulations for your award Susan.
    Red beans and rice is such a lovely hearty meal and it is one my family always enjoy.

    Enjoy your week

  4. This looks devine - no matter what pot you use! I'm going to add this recipe to my collection!

  5. These look really good. Red beans and rice would be perfect for the first whiff of fall. I've bookmarked the recipe.

  6. Congrats on the award...sounds like something to keep you warm in the cool Fall or cold winter! Yum!

  7. I actually love your pic because it's real. And I love the pot. The food that looks perfect was handled by 10 food makeup artists. Who needs that.

    And I am bad - I don't categorize food. i just make what I want even if it means grilling in 50 degree weather or turning the oven on in 90.

  8. This looks and sounds so very good !
    Thanks so much for sharing, have a blessed day.

  9. Looks so good. I have not had red beans and rice in years - I need to copy your recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Yummy Yummy Susan. My Hub likes Alton too, and maybe your beloved did see it there. Sorry you are personally cooking, the way we do here in the Florida summer heat. I hate to turn the oven on when it is so hot, so I am always looking for stovetop meal recipes. This is a keeper.

  11. Mmmmm, sounds good. I agree, it seems like a winter meal. Love salt pork. Haven't had it in years. My mama used to fry it up and it was sooo good. I usually use a hamhock but I think the salt pork would be great!


  12. red beans & rice is always god, thanks for stopping by!

  13. What a delicious sounding recipe. Thanks for sharing and hope your day is great!