This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Klement’s Sausage. All opinions are 100% mine.
It’s fall time and that means I’m looking to make some hearty, tasty meals that will satisfy everyone. One of my favorite dishes from my childhood is when my step-dad used to make red beans and rice. I used to love those nights! He’d make a big pot of red beans and rice and we’d all gobble it down. Now, I have a little one of my own and I’m going to make her dirty red beans and rice with the help of Klement’s Sausage. I hope she likes it as much as I did growing up!
If dirty red beans and rice are not your speed, no worries! Klement’s Sausage has a ton of Dinner recipe ideas you can look over to find the perfect dinner inspiration.
I’m using Klement’s smoked cocktail sausages for my meat. They are fully cooked and full of flavor. Using a precooked sausage also saves me time! I can focus more on my guest and less time in the kitchen.
Here is what you’ll need to recreate my tasty dirty red beans and rice –
1 package Klements Cocktail Smokies, cut up into bite-size chunks
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 large white onion, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 cup uncooked white rice
1 tbsp cajun seasoning (you can use more or less depending on your desired spice level)
1 tsp garlic
1 cup tomato sauce
2 cups chicken broth
1 can red beans, rinsed and drained
1 large pot (I prefer to use my dutch oven)
First, heat the oil in your dutch oven on medium-high heat. Once heated, add your garlic, onions and red peppers. Cook them for about 2-3 minutes, until they soften a little.
Next, add the rice and cajun seasoning. Stir until the rice is slightly browned. This will help give your rice a firm texture rather than soggy texture. Should take about 2 minutes.
Lastly, pour in the tomato sauce, chicken broth, beans, and sausage. Bring to a slight boil, stir and reduce the heat to low. over and let cook for about 15-18 minutes or until the rice is tender. Remove from heat and stir to fluff the rice.
If your dish is a tad runny, let it sit for a few minutes before serving.
This dish was a hit with my whole family! And it makes a lot too. Normally I have leftovers, but not tonight! People had seconds and thirds, so nothing left but an empty pot to wash.
What’s nice is this dish takes about 30 minutes from start to finish, so perfect for those weeknight dinners when you want to serve something homemade and delicious.
Klement’s sausages were created by the Klement brothers, John, George and Ron about 60 years ago. They bought a sausage factory in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and brought the rich flavors from central Europe to America. What was once a 6 person operated storefront in southern Milwaukee has now transformed into Milwaukee’s largest producer of authentic, handcrafted European sausage. After tasting Klement’s sausages I can see why they grew so fast. They are so delicious, packed full of a flavor.
Even though my dish is usually one I make in the fall, it’s perfect for year round. And you can find Klement sausages year round too! Plus they make Snack Sticks and Summer Sausage that are perfect for summer picnics or road trips. You can check the store finder to find a store near you that carries Klement Sauasages and Snack Sticks.