For this quick take on a comfort food classic you can get southern inspired one skillet meal in a fraction of the time. Packed with sausage, rice, tomatoes, kidney beans, and creole spices this skillet red beans and rice will be your go-to for a weeknight meal in a flash.
Red Beans & Rice
- 8 ounces of Andouille sausage (or other smoked link sausage),1/2 inch slices
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoons neutral oil (like canola, vegetable, grape seed)
- 1 tablespoon of salted butter
- 1 small white or yellow onion, diced
- 1/2 green bell pepper, diced
- 2 celery ribs, diced
- 3 garlic cloves, chopped
- 2 teaspoons fresh thyme
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 tablespoon of Louisiana-style hot sauce (like Crystals)
- 1/2 cup of long-grain rice, rinsed
- 14.5 oz diced tomatoes, do not drain
- 15.5 oz kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- 3/4 cup of chicken broth
- 1/2 cup of cornmeal
- 1/2 cup of flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 small jalapeno, seeded and chopped
- 1/4 cup cheddar cheese, grated (optional)
- 1/4 cup of salted butter, melted and cooled
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 1/4 cup of buttermilk or milk
- Preheat oven to 350°
- In a 10-inch cast iron skillet or other oven-safe skillet, lightly brown sausage over medium heat. Remove sausage from pan and set to the side.
- In the same skillet, add oil and butter. Add the trinity: onion, bell pepper, celery. Saute for about 5 minutes, stirring often. Add garlic and cook for another minute
- Add all of the seasonings and rice. Stir to coat the trinity and rice grains.
- Add in tomatoes, beans, sausage and stir. Pour in the chicken broth and stir to scrape up browned bits from the bottom of the skillet.
- Place the skillet in the oven and cook for 20 minutes.
- While the red beans and rice are in the oven, grab a medium-sized bowl and combine all of the dry ingredients for the cornbread including the sugar. Add the jalapenos and cheese if using, and stir. In a small bowl add the buttermilk, egg, and butter and lightly beat. Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and stir until combined. Add a tablespoon more of buttermilk if needed. The batter should not be runny.
- After 20 minutes, remove the red beans and rice from the oven and drop spoonfuls of the cornbread mixture on top. Place back in the oven and cook for another 15 minutes, until the cornbread is golden brown and the rice is tender.
- Prep Time: 15
- Cook Time: 35
- Category: Main Course
- Cuisine: North American
Keywords: rice and beans, rice and beans recipe, one-pot, Creole, 30-minute