Shortcut Red Beans and Rice for the New Year

The theme for this month’s World on a Plate is auspicious foods for a prosperous year. Since I represent America in this global get-together, the first thing that came to mind was Hoppin’ John, the famous southern dish of black eyed peas and ham hock. Being short on time and ingredients, I settled instead on a Cajun-inspired shortcut red beans and rice with smoky andouille sausage. Feel free to soak dried beans overnight, but if you need a quick supper this recipe is your answer.

Red Beans and Rice

Although black eyed peas are the most popular bean for prosperity in the new year, all legumes (depending on your traditions of course) work. According to Epicurious, “Legumes including beans, peas, and lentils are also symbolic of money. Their small, seedlike appearance resembles coins that swell when cooked so they are consumed with financial rewards in mind.” Greens are another popular ingredient since they share the color of American money. Why’s it all about the money? I’ll be happy with good health for me and my friends and family, and love. Of course, I suppose it would be nice to work off some of our debt…

Red Beans and Rice

Whatever you believe, this dish is perfect any time of year. It’s fast and simple, but with complex flavors. I barely added any additional seasonings since the andouille sausage (I use chicken andouille sausage that we brought back from the States…) flavors the entire thing. It’s warm and comforting, flavorful and full of protein.

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Shortcut Red Beans and Rice for the New Year
 
Beans are said to bring luck and prosperity for the new year. Try this recipe for Cajun-inspired shortcut red beans and rice for a tasty, auspicious meal.
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Recipe Type: Entree
Cuisine: Cajun
Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound andouille sausage (I used smoked andouille chicken sausage)
  • 1 (20-ounce) can red beans
  • ½ cup chicken stock
  • Salt
  • Chopped parsley
  • Tabasco sauce

Directions
  1. Heat the oil in a large pan. Add the onion, pepper, and garlic and cook, stirring often, until softened but not browned.
  2. Add the sausage and sauté for 2 minutes. Add the beans, stock and salt and simmer for 20 minutes, or until the liquid is mostly absorbed.
  3. Roughly mash some of the beans with a fork or potato masher and stir everything together well.
  4. Remove from the heat, serve with rice, and garnish with chopped parsley and Tabasco, if you like.

Notes
Gluten free and kosher meat (if you use kosher chicken andouille sausage as I did)

World on a Plate

World on a plate is a blogging cultural exchange. On the last Sunday of the month, bloggers from all over the world get together to interpret a food through the lens of their home country cooking. Each blogger will produce a wonderful dish featuring the food chosen that is typical of her/his home country and will tell us a bit about the dish.



9 Comments

  1. I honestly didn’t really know the whole story on why you eat beans on NYE, thank you for sharing. As much as I love black eyed peas, I still love your recipe soooooo much more:-) Happy New Year, sending hugs, Terra

  2. Mmm what an awesome dinner idea!

  3. My mother in law who is originally from Mississippi makes this every year. It is great comfort food though I jazz it up with more Paul Prudhomme type seasonings. And lots of green onions on top. Great choice!

  4. I’ll be eating either Hoppin’ John or Hoppin’ John Soup with Collard Greens for the new year, but this looks like a great, quick recipe. I love red beans and rice, but the full recipe takes some time to cook. This looks like it has all the flavor of the original! Good stuff – thanks. And Happy New Year!

  5. So legumes in general work for getting money…. Another good reason to eat more legumes!

  6. OMG: Well, it IS New Year’s Day here, but I have virtually just had this for lunch!! Honest injun! Well, I do hope chickpeas count :) ! And the sausage was not quite Andouille!! And I did kind’of drop a handful of halved tiny tomatoes I had just picked outside on top of the bowl and some chives my hands just happened to pick up! Peasant food and yum!!!! Have a wonderfully happy New Year . . . .

  7. I love beans too Katherine and this dish looks so different and delicious! I will certainly include it in my recipe list! Have a wonderful and prosperous New Year!

  8. As a former NOLA resident, this is a recipe after my own heart. It looks delicious–and happy new year.

  9. I really like your quick and simple version of red beans and rice. It looks delicious and comforting! Even better with financial rewards. Happy New Year to you and your family!

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