I love meals with beans in them. I think part of the reason is because my mom does not like beans and we never ate them when I was growing up. It’s funny, but they always kind of seemed like a treat to me. Beans were “restaurant food” for me.
So now that I control what my family eats, I make beans a lot. (But never, ever raw onions.) They are so versatile and cost effective. Plus, they’re just good.
This dish is a great use for white beans. It is full of flavor and tastes great on its own with a big slice of hot cornbread.
Sausage Smothered White Beans
- 1/2 lb. dry white beans, soaked overnight
- 1 T. oil
- 1 lb. smoked sausage, quartered and sliced
- 1 large yellow onion, diced
- 1/3 c. green pepper, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 T. cumin
- 1 t. black pepper
- 1/4 t. cayenne pepper
- 1/4 c. green onion, sliced
- 1 1/2 t. salt
1. Heat oil in a large pot. Add sausage and cook 3 – 4 minutes. Add onion, green pepper and garlic. Cook 5 more minutes.
2. Stir in beans, cumin, and peppers. Add water just to cover. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium low, cover and simmer for at least 2 to 3 hours, until beans are tender and creamy.
3. Just before serving, stir in green onions and salt.