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Mighty Jambalaya

Mighty Jambalaya

Ingredients:

  • 10-12 medium shrimp, peeled, deveined
  • 2 chicken breast, diced
  • 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2-3 okra. sliced
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 cup parsley. roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1 cup rice
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • Smoked sausage (country style or a garlic ham, andouille), sliced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon of cornstarch

Method:

In a rice cooker cook your cup of rice. While rice is cooking you should be able to prepare the Jambalaya.

Combine shrimp, chicken and Cajun seasoning in a bowl. In a large saucepan heat oil over high heat with onion, celery and okra, stir till softened about 2-3 minutes. Add garlic, canned diced tomatoes, bay leaves, Worcestershire and your hot sauce. Stir and add your chicken stock. Reduce heat to medium stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes. Add shrimp and chicken mixture and sausage. Cook until meat is done, about 10 minutes more. Here I add a cornstarch slurry to thicken it to save time. Right at the end before serving I add in the chopped parsley to liven up the dish.

Serving

Real simple to serve. Take a ramekin and fill it with rice and place it in the middle of your plate. Ladle the Jambalaya around the rice. Sprinkle with a little of the cajun seasoning, Old Bay works too.

Cajun Seasoning

Originally this was a straight up Emeril Lagasse’s Essence mixture. He was so huge at the time I pretty much put it on everything. As the years have passed I’ve tweaked it to my tastes. This is for a large batch, you can store the rest in a sealed jar to keep fresh.

  • 3 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoon white pepper
  • 2 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 2 tablespoon dried basil

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