shrimp boil

July 20, 2017

prep time: 30 minutes      cook time: 1 hour       total time: 1.5 hours      yields 6-8 servingsr18luumt9anhfwu8d8l6_boil320120of201

personal notes

  • double the recipe for 18 people (13 adults, 5 kids)
  • marinate potatoes for at least 1-2 hours
  • collect large trash bags and newspaper to cover the tables for easy clean-up
  • use your fingers to eat the finished product, so dishes and silverware don’t have to be used

ingredients
water
2 lemons (can slice some extra to be used when serving)
3 bay leaves
2 tsp salt
1/4 c crab boil seasoning (recommended: old bay seasoning)
1/2 bunch thyme, tied together (i just used dried thyme and it worked fine)
1 onion, sliced
red pepper flakes, add to desired spiciness
1 head of garlic, halved
1 lb 5 oz red new potatoes, cut in eighths
4 ears of corn, cut in thirds
1 lb smoked sausage (andouille or kielbasa) cut into 1-inch pieces
2 lbs jumbo shrimp (with heads and tails)
kosher salt

directions

  1. fill a huge stockpot, 1/3 of the way, with water. keep in mind that when you add the solid ingredients, the water level will rise, so don’t fill the pot up more than halfway.
  2. squeeze the lemons into the water.
  3. add the bay leaves, salt, old bay seasoning, thyme, onions, red pepper flakes, and garlic.
  4. throw the potatoes into the water to marinate for at least an hour or two: the longer you let the potatoes marinate, the more tasty the potatoes will be.
  5. bring the broth to a boil over medium-high heat and simmer the potatoes for 20 minutes.
  6. you want a very aromatic broth with plenty of salt and spices. taste it every so often: don’t be afraid to make it strong so some of the flavor can penetrate and get absorbed by the other ingredients. adjust seasoning with salt.
  7. after the potatoes are just about cooked through, add the corn and sausage. cook for another 5 minutes, making sure everything stays covered with liquid.
  8. toss in the shrimp and shut off the heat. cover the pots and let the shrimp steep in the flavor for 15 minutes.
  9. drain and spread the shrimp, sausage corn, potatoes, and onions out on a newspaper-covered table.
  10. serve with lemons and plenty of napkins !

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italian sausage penne

October 21, 2016

prep time: 15 minutes       cook time: 20 minutes      total time: 35 minutes2980020

ingredients
1 package (19 oz.) johnsonville italian sausage (any time of sausage will do – i used kielbasa), cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 package penne pasta, cooked and drained
1 T olive oil
1 medium green pepper, chopped
1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 jar  (24 oz.) marinara sauce

directions

  1. cook sausage according to package instructions (probably about 5 minutes); drain and set aside.
  2. in a skillet, heat oil over medium heat and saute peppers, onion and garlic until vegetables are crisp-tender.
  3. add sliced sausage and marinara sauce; saute until warmed through.
  4. add pasta to marinara/sausage/veggie mixture and serve.

source – a johnsonville sausage ad in parents magazine 2016

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makes 6 servings       prep time: 20 minutes      cook time: 7-8 hours

ingredients
1 zucchini, sliced
1 green pepper, chopped
1 carrot, sliced
1/3 c chopped onion
1 garlic clove, minced
1 package spicy andouille sausage, cut into half coins (could be regular smoked sausage instead)
3 roma tomatos, chopped (could use 1 can of diced tomatoes instead)
1/3 c tomato sauce
1/4 c tomato paste
1 3/4 c beef (or chicken) broth
1 1/4 c water 3.5 c water
1/3 c dry red wine
1/4 tsp basil
1/4 tsp oregano
2 T parsley
salt and pepper to taste
red pepper flakes (optional)
1 (9 oz.) package cheese tortellini

directions

  1. in this order, add zucchini, green pepper, carrot, onion, garlic, sausage, tomatoes, tomato sauce, and tomato paste.
  2. add all the liquids next: broth, water, red wine.
  3. next, add the seasonings: BOP (basil, oregano, & parsley), salt and pepper, and red pepper flakes.
  4. cook in slow cooker on LOW for 7-8 hours until vegetables are soft.
  5. about 20 minutes before eating, boil the tortellini until al dente.
  6. drain pasta and serve.
  7. scoop soup into bowls and then add the tortellini separately to each bowl. tip: store soup and tortellini separately, so tortellini doesn’t get soggy.

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makes 6 servings       prep time: 15 minutes      cook time: 50 minutes

ingredients
1 package spicy andouille sausage, cut into half coins
1/3 c chopped onion
1 garlic clove, minced
1 3/4 c beef (or chicken) broth
1 1/4 c water
3 roma tomatos, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
1 carrot, sliced
1/3 c dry red wine
1/3 c tomato sauce
1/4 c tomato paste
1/4 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp basil
1 (9 oz.) package cheese tortellini
1/2 zucchini, sliced & quartered
2 T parsley

directions

  1. in a large pot, cook sausage over medium heat until no longer pink. remove from heat.
  2. add onion and garlic and cook for 1 minute or until onion are pale and brown around edges.
  3. stir in broth, water, tomatoes, green pepper, wine, tomato sauce, tomato paste, oregano, and basil. bring to a boil. then reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. meanwhile, cook tortellini following instruction on the bag.
  5. stir in zucchini, carrot, and parsley. cover and simmer 10 to 15 minutes longer. when tortellini is done, add to soup.

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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)

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