2 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
1 clove garlic, minced
2 cans (15 oz) Ranch Style Brand Black-Eyed Peas with Bacon, undrained
8 oz Kielbasa, thinly sliced **
1 cup uncooked rice
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (optional, I leave it out)
1 can chicken broth (I use bouillon cubes)
The first thing I do are chop the onion and celery
and prepare the bouillon
Then heat the oil in a large skillet or saucepan and add the garlic, onion and celery. Trust me when I tell you that sauteing onion, celery and garlic is one of the best cooking smells ever!!
Cook 8 - 10 minutes until tender. While your assistant tends to the veggies you can chop the sausage, open the peas and measure out the rice.
When the veggies are tender, add the remaining ingredients.
Bring to a boil; reduce heat and cover tightly. Stirring occasionally, simmer 30 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.
This is a filling, hearty dish and the leftovers hold up well. I even freeze individual portions for my hubby to eat when I'm away or when he goes camping on his own. It's one of his favorite camping foods.
** I use plain sausage, not Kielbasa. I have also used Lil Smokies. Use whatever you like.