Posted by: timscooking | January 26, 2010

One Skillet Dinner


Mondays are traditionally wash days on the Louisiana bayou and so families would put on a large pot of red beans and rice in the morning and allow them to slow cook all day until time for the evening meal. I’ve made this quick version on Mondays for some time, turning it into a one skillet dinner. The quick part comes from using one of the readily available mixes that you can obtain at your local supermarket.

Start by warming two tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet with a tight-fitting lid and adding about a half a cup of diced onion, the same amount of diced green pepper and a large chopped clove of garlic. Once the vegetables start to wilt and change color, add a half pound of smoked sausage sliced a quarter inch thick to the pot and let that go until it begins to brown. Next, pour in one 15 ounce can of diced tomatoes with their juices, the red beans and rice mixture and stir. Finally, add three cups of water to the mix, stir and turn the heat up to bring to a boil. Turn the heat down to simmer, cover and let it go for 25 minutes.

After the time is up. take the skillet off the heat, let it sit, covered, for an extra 5 minutes. Give it a final stir and dinner is ready. I usually garnish it with sliced green onions and hot sauce.

Simple to make and you only have one pot to wash!



  1. This sounds easy enough even I can do it! And I am sure Jonathan will like it too!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: