Cheesey Sausage and Rice Skillet and GIVEAWAY!

When I was in my early teen years I remember going to a youth conference of some sort and having Hawaiian haystacks for the first time. All lined up in a row was rice, chicken gravy, cheese, olives, celery, cashews, pineapple, tomatoes, coconut and the all-important crunchy Chinese noodles. On first glance I wanted to throw up a little in my mouth,  but I hung on and decided to give it a go because if it didn’t work, why would all those toppings be there in the first place– right?

I know there are Hawaiian Haystack haters out there and that some will denounce me as a credible source for food schstuff from here on out, but guys, it has to be said: Hawaiian haystacks are delicious. I fell in love with them that day and have since loved the combination of creamy sauces and rice.

We eat a lot of rice in our home and love finding fun new blends to try out. So, when RiceSelect™ asked if I wanted to try out some of their new rice blends I was all over it! The idea was to create a recipe that showed how we eat healthy while indulging in the flavors of the world. Here’s the sad part: every time I thought about what I should make I kept coming back to those Hawaiian haystacks. You’d think that with all the different foods I’ve made over the years, I’d be able to come up with something a little more exotic!? Apparently not. Having “Hawaiian” be part of the name threw me off– it’s falsely exotic.

So in the end, I decided to take the creaminess of a H.H. and kick it up with some smoked sausage, peppers, and  onions. After throwing in some black beans it resembled a mild, creamy and cheesey version of  red beans and rice which is something I’m kind of in love with too.

For this sausage and rice skillet we’ll start with some smoked sausage– I’m using beef here, but turkey would work great too.  Slice it up and brown in a large skillet.

Cheesey Sausage and Rice Skillet |

See how the sausage is getting all browned and crisp around the edges? That’s where the flavor is at and it is what you want. If you’re using turkey sausage you may have to add a bit of olive oil to the pan to get it nice and crisp since it won’t be cooking out as much fat.

Cheesey Sausage and Rice Skillet |

Remove the cooked sausage from the pan and set aside. Drain all but just a tablespoon of fat from the pan and add in some chopped onion and peppers.

Cheesey Sausage and Rice Skillet |

Let those cook just until they become tender, and stir in some rice. The blend I’m using here is Royal Blend® with Quinoa.  It’s super flavorful, nutty, and I love the different textures that the little bit of quinoa and freekeh add to the dish. RiceSelect has three new Royal Blend varieties and I’m in love with each one. To purchase, use the RiceSelect store locator or buy online at, as product availability may be limited.

Cheesey Sausage and Rice Skillet |

Aside from having great flavor, the RiceSelect blend is just so gosh darn pretty with that red quinoa!  Give the rice a stir and let it cook for a few minutes over medium heat. We’re toasting the grains to add just a little bit more flavor so once you see that some have a nice golden color, it’s ready.

Cheesey Sausage and Rice Skillet |

Pour in some chicken broth, a bit of Worcestershire sauce, and a can of drained and rinsed black beans and bring to boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and let it cook for about 20 minutes.

Cheesey Sausage and Rice Skillet |

Once the rice is tender, stir in some shredded cheese and return the sausage to the pan.

Cheesey Sausage and Rice Skillet |

The mixture will be thin at first, but as the cheese melts and the rice cools it will thicken into a nice creamy sauce.

Cheesey Sausage and Rice Skillet |

It’s the perfect comfort food and a great way to get some grains onto your plate!

To purchase, use the RiceSelect store locator or buy online at, as product availability may be limited.


RiceSelect has a $100 Visa gift card for one of you! Answer the question below in the comments section to be entered to win.

If you had to eat one kind of rice or grain for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Cheesey Sausage and Rice Skillet |

Cheesey Sausage and Rice Skillet
Serves: 4-6 Servings
  • 12 oz. smoked sausage, sliced
  • 1 C chopped onion
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 C Royal Blend® with Quinoa
  • 3 C chicken broth
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • 1, 14.5 oz can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 C cheddar or colby-jack cheese, grated
  1. Brown sausage in a large skillet, remove from pan and set aside. If using a low-fat sausage like turkey, brown in a tbsp of olive oil.
  2. Drain all but 1 tbsp of fat from the skillet and saute the peppers and onions over medium heat until just tender, about 3-4 minutes.
  3. Add rice and stir until grains start to turn golden, about 3 minutes.
  4. Pour chicken broth and Worcestershire sauce into the rice, add salt and beans. Stir and bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and cover.
  5. Cook for 20 minutes (adjust time based on the rice used). Remove from heat and stir in sausage and cheese. Mixture will be thin but will thicken as it cools.

Sweepstakes Rules: No duplicate comments. You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods: a. Leave a comment in response to the sweepstakes prompt on this post b:Tweet (public message) about this promotion; including exactly the following unique term in your tweet message: “#SweepstakesEntry”; and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment on this post

c: Blog about this promotion, including a disclosure that you are receiving a sweepstakes entry in exchange for writing the blog post, and leave the URL to that post in a comment on this post

d: For those with no Twitter or blog, read the official rules to learn about an alternate form of entry. This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected. The Official Rules are available here. This sweepstakes runs from 10/7/2013-11/7/2013 Be sure to visit the RiceSelect brand page on where you can read other bloggers reviews and find more chances to win!


  1. sharonjo says

    If I could only choose one favorite rice, it would be basmati–so aromatic and delicious and versatile. Thanks so much!

    Your recipe looks wonderful. I love skillet meals that can be prepared all in one pan.

  2. Chris says

    If I had to choose a grain it would be wheat, closely followed by rice & corn.
    If I had to choose just a rice it would be brown rice.
    In reality, I like to use a variety of whole grains.

  3. Natalie J Vandenberghe says

    I’m glad I don’t need to make this decision in real life! I’d probably choose Basmati (although I love Jasmine and Wild Rice, too) oh, darn it–now I want some rice pudding!

  4. April G says

    I’d have to go with basmati. I’m a fan and so his my husband. Even the kids don’t mind it, so that’s what I’d go with if I had to pick just one for the rest of my life. 😉

  5. says

    Oh my gosh, I don’t think there is a more difficult question to answer. Why don’t you ask me which one of my kids is my favorite, because seriously, that might be easier to answer.

    I’m going to say oats.

    But I’m protesting even the thought of only one rice or grain.

  6. Jane Nelson says

    I would definitely eat brown rice forever and ever. I love it, and it pairs with so many other foods so well!

  7. Pat Howlett says

    I love brown rice but this Royal Blend has me thinking. I am won over and will try it. everything else in the dish sounds wonderful, too. thanks from my tummy

  8. Ellie W says

    If I could only have one for the rest of my life it would have to be Spanish rice.

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    eswright18 at gmail dot com

  9. says

    If I have to eat one kind of rice or grain for the rest of my life, it would be brown rice. I’ve been eating that for a long time and loved it.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  10. crystal smith says

    Hmmmm….I guess if I had to choose just one kind of rice for the rest of my life it would be jasmine. Thats what I use for all our stir fries and we love them- Id miss wild rice though lol

  11. Angela Ash says

    The one kind of rice I would choose to eat for the rest of my life would be long grain white rice. It’s naturally fat free, sodium free and cholesterol free.

  12. Lorina Padgett says

    If I had to eat one kind of rice or grain for the rest of my life, I would choose brown rice because it is healthier.

  13. susan smoaks says

    i would eat the RiceSelect Royal Blend with Red Quinoa for the rest of my life because it’s good for me.

  14. Susan Smith says

    Short grain white rice, my Japanese mother made sure it was part of ever meal. So I grew up eating it every day: best with soy sauce and pickled daikon or kimchi!! Or natto (slimy Jaoanese fermented soybeans).

  15. jodi goins says

    i am going to try this but i think i will leave the black beans.i not a fan of them but love onions,peppers and the sausage!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Rate this recipe: