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A Year of Slow Cooking

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Smoked Sausage and Pinto Beans Dinner

I'd like to preface this post with the following disclaimer: 
I love my family. This is just a story.

Let's just say that your husband coaches soccer for 10 twelve-year-old girls. And let's just say that due to some rather inclement weather, soccer practice has been cancelled and awful lot lately. And let's just say that somehow your house has been offered up to have soccer "practice" -- which really means that 10 hungry twelve-year-olds are going to be in your home between the hours of 4:30 and 6pm.

But you're cool. You're easy-going. Instead of freaking out, you place four empty laundry baskets in the front entry to collect wet backpacks, umbrellas, and shoes.

And you serve the girls beans. And for about 4 1/2 minutes everybody is eating and making quiet mmmmmm noises. Life is good.

And now you've only got 85.5 minutes to fill!!

The Ingredients

1 pound pinto beans, sorted and soaked overnight (or use quick-soak method below)
1 (12-ounce) package smoked turkey or chicken sausage (I used sundried tomato & provolone flavored) 
1 (14.5-ounce) can fire roasted tomatoes with garlic
1 (15-ounce) can whole corn kernels
5 cups chicken or beef broth

Put your dry beans into a large pot of water, and pick out any beans that float to the top or are oddly shapen or shriveled. Cover, and  bring to a boil. Boil at a rapid pace for 10 minutes, then remove from heat. Keep the lid on, and let the beans soak in the hot water for 1 hour before rinsing and using with your favorite recipe.

The Directions

Use a 6-quart slow cooker. Place the soaked and drained beans into your slow cooker insert. Add sliced (or diced; I usually cut each slice in half to make it stretch farther) sausage. Add the entire can of tomatoes and the whole can of corn. Stir in broth. Cover, and cook on low for 8 hours, or on high for about 6 hours. Serve when the beans reach desired tenderness. If you live in a high altitude your beans will take longer than they will if you live at sea level.

The Verdict

SO VERY GOOD. Seriously, if I didn't make this up on the fly I would have hunted down the recipe. It seems too easy and too good to be true --- it's just so tasty! I found the smoked sausage at our Safeway on sale for $3.99, which is a pretty good price. The beans and the cans were each about a dollar, and I made the broth using bouillon cubes. This is such an inexpensive way to feed a whole house of hungry people!

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Have a wonderful weekend!!

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KimberlyO said...

Yum!! This sounds delicious!!

hungryhungryrosa said...

Looks good! Serve like soup or scoop out the beans?

Stephanie O'Dea said...

That's completely your choice! I like the broth-- and ate my servings as soup, but served the kids mostly beans.

TesseraJ said...

Hi Stephanie, Just wanted to say that I've tried a couple of recipes from your cookbook, and enjoyed them very much. Thanks for all your trial and experimentation!

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