The weather may not reflect fall but according to the calendar it is definitely fall which means lots of crockpot adventures and cozy food favorites. I have recently become a fan of beans so I am exploring more recipes that feature this food staple. First up is the southern classic, Red Beans & Rice. This is my take on the dish and my southern grandma told me I don't have to soak my beans so I didn't but feel free to soak prior to cooking if you wish.
What You Need:
- 1 16oz bag Red Beans
- 1 lb ground Andouille Sausage
- 2 medium Kielbasa Links, sliced
- 3 Stalks Celery, sliced
- 1 Medium Onion, chopped
- 1 Medium Bell Pepper, chopped
- 1 TBSP Minced Garlic
- 1 32 oz carton Chicken Broth
- 3 Cups Water
- 1/4 cup Hot Sauce
- 1/2 TBSP each Salt, Pepper, & Creole Seasoning
1. Place all ingredients in crockpot
2. Cover & cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-8 hours
3. With an hour left of cooking use a potato masher to break up the andouille and smash some of the beans in the pot
4. Serve over rice and enjoy!
*Tip: If you want to thicken your beans, mix equal parts flour and warm water in a mixing bowl and add to the crockpot at the end of cooking making sure to stir well. I add 1/2 cup at a time (1/4 cu flour mixed with 1/4 cu water) until I reach my desired thickness. Add slowly so that you do not add too much, I stir well and wait a couple of mins before adding more.
Having a crock pot is a necessity if you want to savor home cooked meals but do not always have the time to stand at the stove for hours cooking. There are many times when I'm not sure what I would do if I didn't have my trusty crock pot working all day to have a delicious meal ready for me when I get home from work. This recipe is pretty easy and very tasty. Here goes....
Mix the chicken broth, Teriyaki & soy sauces, brown sugar, and garlic together in a bowl. Set aside.
Place the chicken across the bottom of the crock pot in an even layer. Add the mushrooms on top of the chicken layer. Sprinkle the garlic powder and salt over the chicken and mushrooms.
Pour the sauce over the chicken and mushrooms.
Place the lid on your crock pot and cook on low for 5-7 hours or on high for 2.5-3.5 hours.
Serve over rice and enjoy!