SLOW COOKER RED BEANS & SAUSAGE

I have never been to New Orleans, but it is my #1 destination to visit before I die. That being said, I have a fondness for many cajun recipes. Red beans and rice is one of them. Fortunate for me, my family likes it too. When I found this slow cooker recipe on Taste of Home, I knew it was a match made in heaven. Summer is always a busy time for me with my kids needing to go-go-go. When football season begins (which will be as early as July here in my new hometown) you can bet my slow cooker is going to get a workout. Be sure to read all the way to the end because there are some nice substitution suggestions at the end.

  • 1 pound dried red beans
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound Johnsonville® Fully Cooked Andouille Sausage Rope (cut into 1/4-inch slices)
  • 1 large onion (chopped)
  • 1 medium green pepper (chopped)
  • 2 celery ribs (finely chopped)
  • 3 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 3 teaspoons Creole seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons pepper
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • Hot cooked rice
  1. Rinse and sort beans; soak according to package directions.
  2. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Brown sausage. Remove with a slotted spoon. Add onion, green pepper and celery to skillet; cook and stir 5-6 minutes or until crisp-tender.
  3. In a 5- or 6-qt. slow cooker, combine beans, sausage, vegetables and seasonings. Stir in broth. Cook, covered, on low 8-10 hours or until beans are tender.
  4. Remove 2 cups of the bean mixture to a bowl. Mash gently with a potato masher. Return to slow cooker; heat through. Serve with rice.

The following spices may be substituted for 3 teaspoons Creole seasoning: 3/4 teaspoon each salt, garlic powder and paprika; and 1/8 teaspoon each dried thyme, ground cumin and cayenne pepper.

Post Author: Stephanie

Stephanie Ayers writes speculative fiction, where horror and fantasy collide. She is a self proclaimed word whisperer and unicorn living in Ohio disguised as a human. She mothers her children and avoids all things housework and zombies. When she isn't doing any of these things, she can be found browsing thrift stores and flea markets with her husband, attending football games with her son, or binging on TV shows.

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