Shrimp and Sausage Jambalaya for Fat Tuesday
There is nothing like home cooked Jambalaya and a King Cake to get that good ol’ New Orleans feelin’. I haven’t exactly been to New Orleans, but it has been a tradition in my family to feast on tasty Shrimp and Sausage Jambalaya for Fat Tuesday. We like to have company over to celebrate the end of Mardi Gras, and the beginning of Lent (not that we actually observe Lent), with a Fat Tuesday feast. I take pleasure in finding ways to celebrate all kinds of holidays in fun and unique ways. Since we can’t join in on the real fun in New Orleans, during Mardi Gras, we have our own party with the kids and whatever company we can find.
It was a few of years ago, for Fat Tuesday, that my mom decided to experiment with a Jambalaya recipe and a King Cake. We. Fell. In. Love. Between the aromas of the sausage, bay leaf, cumin and more, it just smells like comfort food! We have Rachael Ray to thank for the Jambalaya recipe. We don’t eat Jambalaya often, and really only eat it on Fat Tuesday as a tradition. It is so tasty though that I can’t think of why we wouldn’t eat it other times. I suppose it is for the same reason we don’t make pumpkin pies in the Spring. There is a type of nostalgia that goes along with it.
Do you celebrate or feast on Fat Tuesday? If not, perhaps you should start! Stay tuned for the King Cake recipe and learn what fun we have with that!
- 2 cups enriched white rice
- 1 Tbs extra-virgin olive oil, once around the pan
- 1 Tbs butter
- 1 pound boneless, skinless white or dark meat chicken
- ¾ pound andouille, casing removed and diced
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 ribs celery, chopped
- 1 green bell pepper, chopped
- 1 bay leaf, fresh or dried
- Several drops hot sauce or 2 pinches cayenne pepper
- 2 to 3 Tbs (a handful) all-purpose flour
- 1 (14-ounce) can diced tomatoes in juice
- 1(14-ounce) can or paper container chicken stock or broth
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 rounded tsp dark chili powder
- 1 tsp poultry seasoning
- 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 pound medium shrimp, raw, deveined and peeled (ask for easy peel at fish counter)
- Coarse salt and black pepper
- Chopped scallions, for garnish
- Fresh thyme, chopped for garnish
- Cook rice to package directions.
- Place a large, deep skillet over medium high heat. Add oil and butter to the pan. Cube chicken and place in hot oil and butter. Brown chicken 3 minutes, add sausage, and cook 2 minutes more. Add onion, celery, pepper, bay, and cayenne.
- Saute vegetables 5 minutes. Sprinkle flour over the pan and cook 1 or 2 minutes more, until you have kind of a roux.
- Stir in tomatoes and broth and season with cumin, chili, poultry seasoning, and Worcestershire. Bring liquids to a boil and add shrimp.
- Simmer shrimp 5 minutes until pink and firm.
- Remove the pot from the heat.
- Ladle jambalaya into shallow bowls. Using an ice cream scoop, place a scoop of rice on to the center of the bowlfuls of jambalaya. Sprinkle dishes with salt, pepper, chopped scallions, and thyme leaves.