This Sausage and Rice Casserole is a quick one pot dinner recipe that punches way above its weight in terms of attempt vs outcomes. Smoked sausage is the trick! It provides a ton of flavour that’s absorbed via the rice. I’ve used kransky, but any kind will do – kielbasa, chorizo, and so forth.
Tastes like Jambalaya, minus the cajun flavours, and plenty faster to make!Ramsha Baig
Smoked Sausage and Rice
Like the “dump and bake” Fried Rice I shared a few weeks ago, this rice casserole recipe changed into conceived as a short and low-attempt dish. What makes this recipe tick is the usage of smoked sausages. An beneath-utilised but inexpensive ingredient sold at all supermarkets, smoked sausages like kransky and kielbasa (Polish sausages) percent a ton of flavour way to their smoky flavor and the generous seasoning inside the sausage itself.
They pan fry to a lovely golden shade, leaving behind a stack of tastebud-tickling appropriate stuff in the oil which then bureaucracy the number one flavouring for this rice meal.
And therein lines the splendor of this recipe: the exact flavour you come to be with within the rice relies upon at the sausages you operate. All are slightly distinct, some smokier than others, with barely one of a kind seasonings.
One dish, distinctive tastes!
Smoked Sausage and Rice
Sense free to exchange up the veggies on this recipe to anything you want, so long as they’ll hold up to 20 mins prepare dinner time at the range.
Smoked sausages – I’ve used kransky sausages here however any smoked sausage will work here. other smoked sausages you could understand consist of andouille, kielbasa and smoked chorizo. they’re nicely-pro so they leach a ton of flavour into the oil which then flavours the entire dish.
What precisely are smoked sausages? Smoked sausages are sausages that have exposed to burning timber smoke, which imparts a suitable smokey flavour. they’re generally cooked sausages like Polish kielbasa, andouille, and the kind you notice in American barbecue. however sometimes you’ll see salami-like sausages that are cured, dried and bloodless-smoked (meaning they’re technically raw).
Smoked sausages may be sliced neatly, as depicted inside the image of kransky sausages beneath, unlike completely uncooked sausages.
It doesn’t count whether the smoked sausages you get are cooked or raw due to the fact they get cooked via on this recipe.
uncooked sausages – Even raw sausages will work on this recipe because they too leave a ton of flavour inside the pot! you could’t sincerely slice them even though due to the fact the meat is uncooked and squishy, so just reduce into small chunks. They come to be searching like mini meatballs – it’s so true!
Rice – This recipe is first-rate made with lengthy grain rice for this one pot cooking approach as it’s the least sticky, so you get the nicest texture once cooked. different rice sorts that work:
– Basmati rice – same fluffy texture however you get the basmati aroma (which is lovely!)
– Medium and quick grain white rice – works flawlessly but the rice is a bit stickier (that’s the way those rices are) so don’t expect the identical free rice texture you notice inside the video. it’s going to clump a bit greater.
– Jasmine rice – reduce water via 1/four cup (water to rice ratio is lower than other rices.
The recipe won’t work as written for: brown rice, paella or risotto rice, wild rice, quinoa or other speciality rices. I’d need to determine out liquid/rice ratios and cook times.
Onion and garlic – important aromatics for the flavor base.
Smoked paprika – The spice used to flavour the rice. We don’t need plenty flavour brought into this dish due to the fact the smoked sausages add a lot!
chicken broth/inventory – make certain to use low sodium to make certain the dish doesn’t get too salty. Vegetable stock also can be used.
Capsicum / bell peppers – I used one of every crimson and yellow on this recipe. cute hues!
other greens with a view to paintings encompass: carrots, corn, celery, zucchini, inexperienced beans, broccoli, cauliflower (even though broccoli and cauliflower gets a bit softer than ideal).
How to make Smoked Sausage and Rice
All made in one pot – nice and easy!
Cook sausages first to lead them to pleasant and golden, and to flavour the oil that’s then used to flavour the entire dish. Do now not underestimate how plenty flavour comes out of smoked sausages!
As soon as the sausages are golden, take away from the pot and set aside. we are able to add them returned in later.
Sauté garlic and onion. vital aromatics that actually each savoury dish in this website starts offevolved with!
When we get the garlic and onion going, add the capsicum. I add it later as it cooks slightly faster.
- Add uncooked rice and stock – as soon as the veggies are softened, add the uncooked rice, inventory, paprika, salt and pepper. Then add the cooked sausages back into the pot.
No want to rinse rice first unless you’re concerned approximately rice cleanliness (rice in packets at (grocery shops ought to be satisfactory, I by no means rinse). in case you rinse, lessen stock in the recipe through 2 tbsp – due to the fact this is more or less the amount of water so one can cling to the rice and will make the cooked rice a tiny bit more gentle / wet than meant.
- Carry to simmer – supply it a stir, then carry to simmer. once the floor is effervescent, lower the heat to low (or medium low when you have a weak range) till the floor is bubbling lightly.
- Cook 20 mins – location the lid on and simmer for 20 mins.
- Add peas – ADD the thawed peas directly to the surface of the rice, then put the lid lower back on. work fast here, to minimise the loss of heat. The residual warmness within the rice will prepare dinner the peas.
- Relaxation 10 mins – An important step with any rice recipe which lets in the rice to complete cooking thru flippantly.
Fluff and serve! Use a fork to fluff the rice, stir the parsley through (if the use of, it’s one hundred% non-obligatory) and serve!
The rice is juicy and has absorbed the flavor left within the pot from cooking the sausages. surely, it tastes nearly like a simpler version of Jambalaya or Paella. There’s a small range of seasonings within the dish, but standard, the same amount of flavour! If that makes sense?!?!
A one pot meal!
This recipe serves four to five, and incorporates 2 onions, 2 capsicums, and a couple of cups of peas which I think is simply enough vegetables in line with helping make this qualify as a whole meal.
For a quick way to up the veg quota in this, stir via some handfuls of toddler spinach while fluffing the rice. The steamy heat will wilt the spinach in seconds!