Creole cooking is all about blending terrific flavors, enjoying good times, taking it easy and doing it your way. Which makes this recipe a perfect intro to this great cuisine. Fix it in minutes, spice it just the way you like it, sit back and let it go to town on your taste buds.

1 pkg. Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausage
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
1/3 cup chopped celery
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes with green chilies
3/4 cup water
1 pkg. (5.6 ounces) Spanish rice mix
1/4 cup sliced pimiento-stuffed green olives
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Cut sausage in half lengthwise, then cut into 1/2″ slices. Heat a 5-6 quart pan over medium-high for 3 minutes. Add sausage, peppers, celery and onion; cook, stirring frequently 4-5 minutes or until vegetables are tender and sausage is lightly browned.

Add all remaining ingredients and bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and cook 10-12 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat and let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Cook’s Tip: For spicier Creole flavor, use Hillshire Farm Hot Links in place of the smoked sausage.

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