“We have got to have this again,” said my husband as he polished off a second helping.
“I agree but next time, let’s not forget the salt,” I replied.
“Plus, I think the Red Wine Sausauge [Ed. from Colosimo’s] is wasted. The dish just doesn’t need it and the flavor is lost.”
“Yeah, any reasonable sausage will work here. Andouille would be particularly good but we can’t easily obtain it here.” I sprinkled a little salt over my portion and dug in.
“Oh well. This is still great, however!”
“I’m definitely going to write this one up so we don’t forget the alterations I made to it. Next time, I want to make it with those red beans we bought at Winco.”
Caribbean Rice and Beans [printable recipe]
Adapted from the Nov/Dec 2008 Food Network Magazine
- 1 can black or red beans, drained and rinsed
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 pound italian sausage or bratwurst, casings (if any) removed and sliced
- 1 bunch green onions, sliced, green and white parts separated
- 1 medium yellow onion, roughly chopped
- 6 cloves garlic, crushed
- 1 jalapeno, minced
- 2 tsp jerk seasoning1
- 2 tsp thyme (or 1 tbsp fresh)
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 3/4 cup medium-grain brown rice
- 4 cups (175 g) collard greens, stemmed and roughly chopped
- 2 1/4 cups water
Heat the oil in a large skillet over moderate heat. Saute the white parts of the green onions, garlic, jalapeno and onion with a generous pinch of salt until soft and beginning to brown. Remove. Add sausage, thyme and jerk seasoning and again, cook until the meat begins to brown. Add tomato paste and saute for another minute or two.
In a rice cooker2, combine the onion mixture, meat, rice and water. Stir well and top with the collard greens. Set it to Cook. When it finishes, fluff rice mixture and stir in the reserved green parts of the green onions. Serve.
- Jerk seasoning is a Caribbean spice mix which generally consists of some combination of allspice, dried Scotch bonnet peppers, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, thyme and garlic. Like garam masala and curries, there’s as many ways to mix this as there are cooks. I bought mine on St Maarten and I really have no clue what’s in it. Tastes good though.
- I’ve said before that I’m no good at cooking rice on the stove. Here’s how the original recommended cooking it: Instead of a rice cooker, use a large, deep skillet for the combined onion and meat mixture. Add the water and rice, then bring it to a boil. Add the collard greens and reduce the heat to low. Cover and simmer undisturbed for about 50 minutes until most of the liquid is absorbed. Let rest off the heat for 10 minutes.