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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Shrimp and Sausage Jambalaya

My parents are off to New Orleans this week and are staying with me before they depart. I thought I would send them off with a taste of New Orleans so I made a simple spicy jambalaya. This one pot jambalaya is made with large shrimp and spicy turkey sausages, although you can use smoked andouille sausages (more smoky flavour) which most cajun/creole recipes call for.

2 T olive oil
4 spicy turkey sausages, cut crosswise into 1/4 inch slices
2 cups chopped yellow onions
1 large red pepper chopped
3-4 stalks celery, chopped
1 1/2 cup long grain brown or white rice
1 can (28oz) can diced tomatoes
1 T garlic, chopped
1 1/2 cups water or low sodium chicken broth (like to use half and half)
3 Bay leaves
1/4 tsp dried thyme
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 lbs medium to large shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/4 to 1/2 T cayenne red pepper
1/4 tsp chili powder
salt and cayenne to taste (for shrimp)

Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the sausage and cook for 2 minutes. Add onions, red bell pepper, celery. Season with salt and 1/4 T to 1/2 T of cayenne (Note: 1/4 T is spicy, 1/2 T is very spicy so adjust to your liking). Saute for 6-8 minutes until veggies are wilted and soft.

Add the rice and stir to coat evenly. Add the tomatoes, garlic, bay leaves, water, thyme, oregano and pepper. Cover and cook over medium heat for about 20 mins.

Season the shrimp with salt and cayenne (sprinkle) in large mixing bowl. Ass to mixture and cook for 10 more minutes. Cook until rice is tender, liquid is absorbed and shrimp is pink.

Remove from heat and let stand, covered for about 5 minutes. Remove bay leaves.

Makes 6 servings.
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Forts said...

Great meal for the winter months. Again filled with a great balance of protein, carbds and a lot of flavor and spice.

Just don't eat the bay leaf :)

Food Safety Course said...

This looks delicious!!! This is a brilliant recipe that I know I will be a real joy to eat. I am planning to make one for a lot of people. Thanks for sharing this. I'll definitely make this at home.

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