Thursday, January 10, 2013

Eat This: Jambalaya with Shrimp and Andouille Sausage

Jambalaya With Shrimp and Andouille Sausage

I love New Orleans and all the food associated therein.  One of my favorites is Jambalaya. I’ve had so many variations over the years, but this one is a real favorite and so easy. This recipe was adapted from – Check out their recipe for “Jambalaya With Shrimp and Andouille Sausage”  I made a very few minor tweaks and this turns our really nicely.  You will note the addition of the “heat” via the Jalapenos.  I like spicy, so temper accordingly. 

Serves: 4 very hungry people.



2 tablespoons olive oil (I use EVOO because I like the flavor)
1 cup chopped onion (use the most flavorful – I think a nice yellow is best)
1 large minced shallot (It gives another layer of flavor)
1 cup chopped red, orange or yellow bell pepper (I don’t like the taste of the green ones – too strong)
1 tablespoon minced garlic (I use 1 tablespoon of a roasted garlic puree from
1 (or 2) large seeded and minced Jalapenos
6 ounces Andouille sausages, sliced
1 cup uncooked long-grain white rice
1 teaspoon paprika (I use a smoked Hungarian paprika)
1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
1 bay leaf
2 cups chicken broth
3/4 cup water (or white wine)
1 tablespoon tomato paste (I used a sundried tomato puree instead)
1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce (I really like Tabasco Chipotle)
1 (14 1/2 ounce) can diced tomatoes, un-drained (I used the ones with garlic as well)
3/4 lb peeled and deveined medium shrimp
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley (I substitute 4 green onions very thinly sliced)


Step 1

1. Heat olive oil in a large dutch oven over medium high heat. Add chopped onion, chopped bell pepper, minced garlic, minced Jalapeno(s) and sausage; saute 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender.

Step 2

2.  Add rice and the next 7 ingredients (through bay leaf); cook 2 minutes.

Step 3

3.  Add broth, water, tomato paste, hot pepper sauce, and diced tomatoes; bring to a boil.

Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes. NO PEEKING – let it simmer covered and don’t lose the steam and heat.
Step 4

4.  Add shrimp (I drop them on the top and immediately cover to let them steam; cook 5 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes. Discard bay leaf. Stir in parsley (or green onions).


Serve with a crisp white wine and an arugula and shaved Parmesan salad with a vinaigrette. Delicious.

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