hot jambalaya !

February 16, 2013

prep time: 10 minutes      cook time: 25 minutes       makes 6 servings

ingredients
1 tsp olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
1 package (2 sausages) johnsonville andouille dinner sausage, cut into 1/4 inch thick coin pieces
1/4 lb. whole medium shell-off shrimp, peeled and deveined OR boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1 inch cubes
1 14-oz. can diced tomatoes
2 cups of rice, prepared and cooked in rice cooker
2 tsp chili pepper/creole seasoning
1 tsp worcestershire sauce
2 T parsley

directions

  1. in a medium bowl, toss shrimp/chicken, sprinkles of salt and pepper, and chili pepper/creole seasoning. set aside.
  2. in a large saucepan, brown the cut sausage with olive oil, then add the onion, green peppers, and tomatoes. add the shrimp last.
  3. cook for a couple minutes and then slowly add in the cooked rice. if it looks too dry, add some water. then season with salt and pepper.
  4. next, add the worcestershire sauce and parsley.
  5. partially cover and continue cooking for about 15 minutes to allow flavors to combine.

sources (one & two)

i combined a couple of recipes because i wanted a nice mixture of meats and vegetables. i happened to stumble upon these recipes when i was looking at soup recipes in family circle a couple weeks ago.

i didn’t have any worcestershire sauce, so i used a1 sauce instead. i also didn’t have any creole seasoning, so i used chili pepper instead. i used shrimp because that’s what i had, although i chopped them into 3 pieces instead of leaving them whole.

this was a fairly simple recipe; i chopped everything a couple of hours before and then when i was ready to cook, i just had to throw everything together… just like they do in those cooking shows. it must be nice when everything is portioned and chopped and ready to go right before combining all the ingredients. wouldn’t it be nice to have personal staff… heck, a personal chef to take care of all that? a person can dream, can’t they?

the end result was a tasty and hearty meal… plus the lingering smells of sausage remain in the kitchen and throughout the house 🙂

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