Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Bayou Bound Jambalaya


Greetings from the bayou!!! 
The whole time this was simmer on the stove, I was singing the old Jambalaya song...
Jambalaya and a crawfish pie and file gumbo, cause tonight I'm gonna see my ma cher amio. 
My cooking is much better than my singing, in case you were wondering ;)
My favorite childhood memory of this song, came from Steel Magnolias & the wedding scene, where Janis VanMeter was dancing around & one of the characters said "it looks like 2 pigs fighting under a blanket" which is one of my father's favorite lines. 

Tell me, what is your favorite memory of the song?  Please share in comments in below.

So, onto the reason we are here, this dish is packed with flavor, spicy heat & plenty of garlic. It's so easy to make and it's perfect, as we are slowly heading into Fall. We will definitely be making this for football games & family gatherings. It must be shared with everyone!!! 

Ingredients:
1 lb chicken thighs, cooked & shredded (omitted in pic above, was just too much meat)
1/2 lb sausage, cooked & sliced
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
2 small garlic cloves, grated
1 (4oz) can diced green chilies
2 1/2 cup water
1 1/2 tablespoon cajun seasoning (see recipe below)
2 tsp paprika
1 cup rice
salt & pepper (suggestion: 1 tsp of each)



In a dutch oven, over medium high heat melt butter & olive together.  Add onions, saute' for several minutes until soft. Stir in garlic & green chilies.  Add your meat & allow it brown for  about 2 minutes.  Then cajun seasoning, paprika & water.  Allow everything to simmer for at least 1 hour, covered.  Then bring it to a boil, add rice, season with salt & pepper.  Reduce temperate to low, cover then allow it to cook for about 20 minutes, or until rice is has absorbed all the water.    


Makes 4-6 servings


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Cajun Season
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp allspice
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp sweet paprika
1 tsp pepper
2 tsp salt
*if you prefer heat, you can add 1 tsp cayenne to this (opt)

Combine in a bowl & set aside.  
Makes 3 tablespoons (enough for 2 batches)

5 comments:

  1. My favorite memory of that song is the same as yours... HAHA! I love that movie, just watched it last week in fact! This looks really great. I haven't had jambalaya in years, will have to give this a try!

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  2. Yummy! This looks absolutely delicious, love the flavors! :)

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  3. Could you ship me some, pweeeeze!!

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  4. That looks so good. I cannot wait to try it!

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  5. Looks delicious! My husband and I also add shrimp to ours. Our recipe is very similar to this one and is one of our favorite meals. We also add a little hot sauce to give it a little cajun pep!

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