Today is the day we've all been dreading: the arrival of Sandy. I sit here, still with power, while others close to me are without. Their homes are flooded, and sharks are swimming in their front yards. Kid. You. Not.
I wanted something to sustain us through the storm, should we lose power, but I didn't have the time to use dry beans to make this meal "authentic". But, I pulled this together in about an hour, and WHOA is it good. It's not good just for an emergency, but I'd definitely make this any day. Two thumbs up from hubs and kiddo loves it too.
Olive oil (to coat the bottom of the pan)
1/2 lb smoked turkey sausage
1/4 cup chopped celery
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped green pepper
1 garlic clove, chopped
4 strips bacon, chopped
2 cans red beans (Goya)
1 can of chicken broth
1 TB Cajun seasoning (or to taste)
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp dried basil
1 bay leaf
Hot sauce (optional)
In a large dutch oven, coat the bottom with the olive oil and heat over med-high. When hot, add the smoked sausage and brown. Set aside.
In the same pot, add the bacon and cook til translucent. Add the pepper, onion, celery. Saute til soft. Add the garlic, seasoning, basil, pepper, and bay leaf. Stir in the beans (do not drain), and the chicken broth. Add the sausage back in. Bring to a boil, then turn down to med-low and simmer until it boils down to a nice, thick consistency. Mine took about an hour. Serves 4.
Serve over white rice. Don't forget your beer to get you through the storm!