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.
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!
*(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.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 415 Total Fat: 22g Saturated Fat: 7g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 12g Cholesterol: 45mg Sodium: 835mg Carbohydrates: 38g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 4g Protein: 17g
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.
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!