While this is one of my favorite things to make and eat, it isn't such a hit with everyone! 😬
Savannah Red Rice is a traditional southern dish that some compare to red beans and rice. I personally think they are VERY different but I also don't like RB&R. Savannah red rice is packed with bright smokey flavor and a touch of heat. When I am not feeling well, this is one of the first things I crave as comfort food. This dish gets a bad rep in our home because there was a time in 2020 when I was very sick and it is literally all I ate. Every. Single. Day. Hopefully enough time has passed that this one can get some air time again.
Like most of my favorite recipes this is a version of another recipe that I liked but tweaked over the years to make it exactly what I wanted. I first made a version from my beloved Mrs. Wilke's cookbook. I didn't care for the addition of bacon and bell pepper so over time I got it to exactly how I like, and I have to say I think it's so much better. (gasps). My version is very similar to my Shrimp Etouffee that I also love to make.
Note: I always use Conecuh brand sausage when available because not only is it delicious, but this is a brand from Alabama that we love to support.
Savannah Red Rice
Serves 6-8 people and can easily be halved
This dish keeps well in the fridge for a few days, but doesn't freeze well sadly.