When you stumble across a recipe that’s a crowd-pleaser, you tend to go back to it again and again.
And I’d say I get asked for the recipe for this dish more than for anything else I cook. So it’s about time I put it on my blog! Now I can direct people HERE for the recipe instead of telling them I’ll get a copy to them, which I’m notorious for forgetting to do! (To those of you who have been stiffed for the recipe, I apologize. Consider this post my way of making amends.)
You can use fresh tomatoes rather than canned ones, and keep in mind you can use whatever bean combination suits your fancy! Butter beans are my favorite in this dish, but I often substitute Great Northern beans instead. And regular red beans are great if you prefer those to the kidney beans. But black beans would be great, too! I usually buy dry beans and cook them in bulk, then divide them into freezer bags in 2-cup portions, which works great for this recipe and for a lot of others that call for canned beans, since 2 cups is pretty close in size to one can.
As simple as this recipe is, it’s also pretty versatile, working great as a side dish or a main course. It’s also CHEAP! And while I love the taste of the bacon and the smoked sausage, they can both be left out to make it a low-fat, low-calorie dish. Even cutting the amount of bacon in half can cut some calories without cutting flavor.
So make it a beans and rice kind of night and enjoy a simple, but fabulous dinner, southern-style!