The simple, but thoughtful gift consisted of a bag of dry red beans, with a recipe card attached by a pretty bow.
I was immediately intrigued and when I tried the super simple recipe, my husband raved about it. And so it became a regular part of our menu repertoire.
Gifts that keep on giving like that are truly the best kind.
Now, I want to mention that the original recipe name on the card was Louisiana Red Beans and Rice. I have no idea if this is any kind of authentic recipe from that part of the country or not, but I have stuck with that name here.
I hope it is not an insult to Southern cooks anywhere. That is definitely not my intent.
The original recipe also called for ½ pound of smoked sausage. I have never used that in my version, and I don’t think it’s necessary, but by all means add it if you would like. It can be cut up and stirred in along with the beans.