Savannah Red Rice and Sausage is a favorite in the Coastal Empire and the Golden Isles.
Savannah red rice is a rice dish commonly found along the Southeastern coastal regions of Georgia and South Carolina, known simply as red rice by natives of the region.
Africans originating from the West Coast of Africa, brought over his traditional meal to the U.S. This cultural food is almost always synonymous with the Gullah or Geechee people and heritage that are still prevalent throughout the coastal regions of South Carolina and Georgia.
The main component of the dish consists of the cooking of white rice with crushed tomatoes instead of water and small bits of bacon or smoked pork sausage. Celery, bell peppers, and onions are the traditional vegetables used for seasoning.
The dish bears resemblance to African dishes, particularly the Senegambian dish thieboudienne.
It suggests a creolization of the dish from West Africa to the New World. It also bears a resemblance to jollof rice.
- 1 cup brown rice
- ½ green pepper, diced
- ½ sweet onion, diced
- 1 stalk celery, diced
- 12-oz smoked sausage, sliced
- 4 strips maple bacon, cubed
- 1 can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
- Cook rice with two cups of water over low heat.
- Place bacon in a pan and cook over medium heat.
- When bacon starts to sizzle, add the vegetables.
- Sauté until the bacon done, and the veggies soft and transparent.
- Add smoked sausage to the pan and cook until sausage plumps.