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In a Mardi Gras Mood

HorrorFFF 1 In a Mardi Gras MoodWith all the talk of Fat Tuesday activities a couple weeks ago, I had a hankering for some Creole cuisine.  So I tried my hand at some red beans and rice and man, it satisfied my N’awlins need.  I attempted to recreate the red beans and rice dish at our own NOLA Café in Tampa and I think I did a damn good job.


Since it’s difficult to find MSG-free and nitrites free Andouille sausage in these parts, I substituted the Andouille sausage for Al Fresco Sundried Tomato Chicken Sausage.  (Next time, I’d like to try Al Fresco Spicy Jalepeno Chicken Sausage or the Tofurky Kielbasa just to see how that works in place of the Andouille sausage.)  I topped it with some Crystal hot sauce for some extra heat and no one was the wiser.  It was so good, y’all. The only thing missing was the king cake.


*ETA March 31, 2011: Archer Farms makes an Andouille Sausage that is MSG and nitrites/nitrates free, which can be found in the meat section at your local SuperTarget or purchased on-line at  I used two links in place of the Al Fresco sausage in the recipe below and froze the rest for the next time I’m in a Mardi Gras mood.  The Archer Farms Andouille Sausage offered just the right amount of heat and zest for my N’awlins nosh.*


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Run DMT’s Delicious Red Beans and Rice Dish

2 cans of dark red kidney beans, unrinsed

1 package Al Fresco Sundried Tomato Chicken Sausage, quartered

1 Tbsp olive oil

2 bay leaves

1 bell pepper, diced

1 sweet onion, diced

2 celery stalks, diced

3 garlic cloves, minced

1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

1 tsp dried thyme

1 tsp dried sage

1 cup water

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp. ground black pepper

1 cup brown rice



Heat olive oil in a large sauce pan.  Sauté onions, peppers and celery in olive oil until softened.


While the vegetables (trinity) are sautéing, slice sausage link in half lengthwise.  Then, slice the links again in half.


Once the trinity has softened in the pan, add bay leaves and garlic and let simmer with the vegetables for a minute.  Add sliced sausage and let sauté for about 5 minutes.  Then, add unrinsed canned kidneys beans, thyme, sage and red pepper flakes, salt, pepper and water.  Lower heat and simmer for 30 minutes.


For the rice, bring 1 cup of rice in a knuckle deep of water to a boil in a cover pot.  Once boiling, lower heat to a very low simmer and simmer with lid on for 45 minutes or until rice is fluffy.


Now link up and see what If I Could Escape and Gone Bananas are serving for this week’s Friday Food Fight.


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Living life as a mom on the run between races and raising three beautiful, brilliant children (ages 11, 7, 2). Before a blissful life as a SAHM, I taught elementary school for 7 years. In 2007, I discovered a passion for running. I'm currently training for a fourth marathon as well as a variety of other races and triathlons. In my spare time, I am the lead organizer for the Tampa Bay Bloggers on Facebook. I'm currently training for two marathons as well as a variety of other races and triathlons. From start to finish, I'm a mom on the run trying maintain an easy pace through it all.

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  • Jenny says:

    Yummy! Looks good!

    25 March, 2011 at 6:38 am
  • Hazel says:

    I’m a fan of beans. You’re making me hungry. Yum!

    25 March, 2011 at 8:06 am
  • Beth Ennis says:

    Nom! That looks great… hopefully I can find this again when half the ingredients won’t give me heartburn, because I really want to try this out myself!! :)

    25 March, 2011 at 8:40 am
  • cheerful says:

    sounds delicious…thanks for sharing your recipe! its like Mexican Three Bean Salad without the sausage. PinayMum – Mommy’s Life Around…wishing you a great weekend!

    25 March, 2011 at 9:02 am
  • kbomb78 says:

    Yum Yum I am going to try to make this dish this weekend :)

    25 March, 2011 at 11:32 am
  • Willa says:

    A real party food,i guess.Thanks for joining us at FoodTripFriday

    25 March, 2011 at 2:25 pm
  • Alexis Peloquin says:

    That looks so yummy! Thanks for the link up I posted some rainbow cupcakes :)

    25 March, 2011 at 3:08 pm
  • Dina @ 4 Lettre Words says:

    Oh, man! That would be good. Right. Now. YUM!!

    25 March, 2011 at 5:01 pm
  • Gone Bananas says:

    Beans, beans they’re good for your heart… lol Looks scrummy! Will definitely have to try that!

    25 March, 2011 at 9:19 pm
  • Kellie says:

    Just stopping over from the Lady Bloggers Tea Party and glad I didn’t fill up on too much cake. This looks delish!! :)

    26 March, 2011 at 6:40 am
  • sabrina says:

    That looks really delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe.
    I’m stopping by from the LBS, by the way. Have a nice weekend!

    26 March, 2011 at 7:56 am
  • Ana Amaral. says:

    This looks very yummy — I’ll definitely be trying it out soon!
    Visiting from the Tea Party, will be back!

    26 March, 2011 at 8:18 am
  • ofelianj says:

    YUM! I just need the sausages and dried sage (if it’s not already in the cabinet, hiding behind paprika). With a big bowl I might even hallucinate some warmer weather.

    26 March, 2011 at 10:27 am
  • Cam - Bibs & Baubles says:

    that looks sooo good! I am now STARVING! YUM! :) stopping by frm the lady bloggers tea party.

    26 March, 2011 at 10:55 am
  • EncoreBride says:

    We were in Tampa recently and had to stop by for some Creole food, it was soooo good! I’ll have to try your recipe soon.

    26 March, 2011 at 11:18 am
  • LBDDiaries says:

    You can get all things Cajun (and Creole) here – a site I discovered years ago when I left Lafayette and began having major withdrawal symptoms! They have THE best andouille (no MSG) and even King Cake. They even sell Poupart’s (a French bakery) bread – oh my gosh. Try the Chiabatta – major chewy and perfect with gumbo! Visiting from LB Tea Party and glad I did – I’m off to check out some other posts now!

    26 March, 2011 at 12:55 pm
  • oddjobsmomma says:

    Hi! I’m following from the Tea Party! Great recipe!

    26 March, 2011 at 12:56 pm
  • Mariana @ The Domestic Buzz says:

    This looks so good! Plus, I already have so many of the ingredients on hand. I’d just have to pick up some sausage :)

    28 March, 2011 at 8:29 pm
  • Stacy Uncorked says:

    That looks (and sounds) absolutely delicious! I’m adding that to my menu list for sure! ;)

    Slow Cooker Glazed Ham

    31 March, 2011 at 9:29 am
  • Lorie Shewbridge says:

    SO glad you added this to our meme. YOU ROCK!!
    I haven’t had a decent bowl of red beans and rice since I was in NOLA… I really want to go back. Anytime BESIDES Mardi Gras, though, I don’t think I could handle the crowds with my Social Anxiety Disorder. HaHa

    31 March, 2011 at 11:36 am

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