Red Beans and Rice
- rcspott Mar 26, 2008 05:42 PM
Does their red beans and rice have sausage in it? I think it may be from the sausage. I use a good cajun spicy sausage in mine and it colors up well.
from my NOLA friend, she says traditionally, some of the beans are pureed and added in to supplement the creamy roux...
definately some tomato paste...
and also the smoked sausage would likely contribute some of its color, from paprika, etc
Aside from looks, and more importantly, does YOUR pale red beans and rice taste good?
I think that's the most important thing, no?
I have to add my 2 cents here . . . I have never seen a red bean and rice recipe that used tomato sauce, paste or any other forms of tomatoes. If you use red beans and a red sausage, some paprika, cayenne or cajun seasonings it should get redder. But as ipsedixit said, if you like the flavor, don't sweat the coloring.