Skillet Red Beans & Rice

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Skillet Red Beans & Rice

I think the only person that is more excited than me about my new copy of Deep South Dish cookbook, is my husband! I can honestly tell you that I have had many a cookbook lay on my kitchen counter, and I can’t ever remember him picking one up and actually looking at it from cover to cover.   I couldn’t write down the many recipes that were on my “to make” list fast enough! I have cooked from it the last two nights in a row, and I couldn’t decide which recipe to share with you first.  They were both amazing!  In the end, it HAD to be this Skillet Red Beans & Rice.

This is one of my favorite dishes, as well as his, to order when we eat out, but me being the “Yankee” that I am,  I have always just bought the stuff in the box.  It always sufficed.  Well, til now that is.  I will never ever be able to set down that boxed stuff and have him smile like he smiled when I made this.  He literally babysat the skillet while it cooked, lovingly stirring it, and (not so) patiently waiting for it to be done.  The minutes it took felt like hours to him, I’m sure. It was 100% well worth the wait though.  I promise you that.

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I “met” Mary through a mutual food blogger friend.  She is one of the nicest people to follow on facebook and her blog. She is the epitome of a Southern lady.  The food Mary shares would make any tummy growl.  I mean, it’s pure comfort food.  That food that makes you want to hunker down in someone’s kitchen and stay awhile.  Know what I mean?  I made her Smoky Mountain Chicken the night before I made this Red Beans & Rice dish.  That chicken was amazing, and  I will be sharing it with you on Friday of this week, so stay tuned.

Thumbing through Mary’s new cookbook, Deep South Dish, you will find everything from appetizers and beverages, to desserts.  The side dishes and main dishes are full of delicious seafood, beef, pork and chicken meals.   There are side dishes, and soups, salads and breads.  I can’t wait to try her Classic Southern Tomato Pie when I get tomatoes from my garden this summer! Speaking of summer, how about a Frozen Watermelon Margarita from the beverage section?  Her  Special Occasion Mac ‘n Cheese comes highly recommended, and I will be for sure trying the Simply Superb Peach Cobbler when I get my hands on some fresh peaches!

By now I am sure you’re drooling and wondering just how you can get your own copy of this fantastic cookbook? One click to Amazon and you can have one in the mail to you TODAY!  The other way is you can try and win the copy that Mary has so graciously given me to give away to one of my readers! Thanks, Mary!  Want to learn more? Keep reading after you grab this yummy recipe for Skillet Red Beans & Rice!

Skillet Red Beans & Rice

Skillet Red Beans & Rice in a red serving bowl
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Skillet Red Beans & Rice

This recipe was made from the Deep South Dish cookbook written by Mary Foreman. This red beans and rice is magnificent, and makes a great side or meal in itself!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Cuisine: Southern/Cajun
Keyword: Skillet Red Beans & Rice
Servings: 6
Calories: 415kcal
Author: Michaela Kenkel


*(recipe is written from the cookbook - my alterations are in parenthesis, based on a couple of changes I had to make based on my pantry)*

  • 1 Tablespoon butter or oil I used Olive Oil
  • 1/2 pound Smoked Andouille Sausage 14 ounce package
  • 1 slice bacon chopped (I used 1/3 cup Real bacon pieces)
  • 1 cup chopped onion I used green
  • 1/2 cup green or red bell pepper or a combination of both chopped
  • 1/4 cup celery chopped (1 teaspoon celery seed)
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon Cajun Seasoning Tony Chachere's
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 large bay leaf
  • 2 15.5 oz cans Red Kidney Beans (I used one dark and one light red) drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups instant rice I had leftover Basmati rice, I used it


  • Get all of your ingredients ready, it goes fast once it starts cooking! Heat oil in a large lidded skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausage and bacon and cook until lightly browned. 4 minutes or so.
  • Add onion, bell pepper and celery cook and stir until veggies are tender. 5 minutes or so.
  • Add garlic, and cook for a couple more minutes. Add broth, seasonings and bay leaf and bring to a boil.
  • Add beans and rice, stir together and reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and cook until rice is done, about 10-15 minutes) Remove bay leaf and serve immediately.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 415kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 835mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g

WIN your own copy of Deep South Dish! I will be announcing the WINNER of one copy of Mary Foreman’s great new cookbook, this Friday, June 5th, 2015.  Here is how you can win!

1) Leave a comment on this blog post either about the recipe you see here, or the cookbook, and why you would like to win it.

2) Pop over to my facebook page and comment {{HERE}} on the recipe post for one more entry, click share and share the recipe and giveaway with your friends for another entry!

Each will get you one entry! Three ways to enter! You have until 5 P.M. June 5th, 2015 to enter.  Winner will be contacted via email and their name posted on facebook!

Good Luck!

Skillet Red Beans & Rice

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  1. I collect cookbooks and have several hundred, and this new one from Deep South Dish is one of my all time favorites! I love your photograph of the skillet red beans and rice! It looks so delicious and is next on my list to try! I am so happy to have been the one to introduce you and Mary! Y’all are both such awesome blogger friends that I have learned SO much from! <3

    1. I am so happy that you introduced us! You two are an inspiration to me! This cookbook is one of my top favorites, too! The hubby is in HEAVEN!

  2. Holy Cow that looks amazing! My family would LOVE this. We are all crazy about Southern food. I must check out this blog and cookbook! I’ve made red beans and rice from scratch (dry beans, cook all day…yadda, yadda) and yes, they were amazing but talk about needing to plan ahead. I’m so putting this on my menu and will be checking out Mary!

  3. Oh my goodness! I love red beans and rice, but the prepackaged mixes are always too spicy for me! This recipe sounds perfect ….and I can adjust the spiciness to my taste.

  4. I would love to win this cookbook…In a rut need some new foods to try and this red beans and rice looks so good I will be making this dish for sure….

  5. I would love to win this cookbook…In a rut need some new foods to try and this red beans and rice looks so good I will be making this dish for sure….Please let me win ….

  6. I have a ton of cookbooks and would absolutely love to win this one as it is one that is on my ever growing wish list . Can’t wait to try the recipe for the red beans and rice!

  7. I love this recipe. I have made it with the sausage and bacon omitted for my vegetarian daughter, and it is a great beans and rice dish. A new cookbook isn’t in the budget right now since hubby is not working, but it sure would be great to win a copy.

  8. The reason I would love to win this cookbook, is well because I LOVE to cook. Southern dishes are always the best, and I would be so thrilled to have this cookbook in my home! What a wonderful giveaway!

  9. These are the recipes for the wonderful food my grandmother cooked 🙂

    Thanks to you, I can enjoy remembering all those Sunday afternoons at her house.

    Thank you!

  10. As a man, I find it fascinating that women still rule the kitchen! Myself? I love the challenge of finding something that reminds me of my Grandmother’s and my Mother’s home cooking and bringing their recipes back to life. Raised in the South on the Gulf Coast on simple but comforting meals from local produce, nearby farms and right off the boat at the docks! Deep South Dish has always brought back memories and the wholesome goodness that we all once had. I wish her success with the collection and a big hug from a robust Southern fan!

  11. when I want a great receipe, I go to Deep South dish! I am never disappointed. I have made the red beans and rice dish many times. My entire family enjoys it even the picky kiddos. I’d love to check out her new cookbook.

  12. I have been following Mary for a long while now and absolutely love her. She shares the very best recipes and stories. I ordered her cookbook from QVC and love it!! I would like to win this to give as a gift.

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