About the closest we come to New Orleans cooking is a Popeyes so it was with some glee we tried a bayou restaurant. Most of it was fancy sandwiches stuffed with alligator or shrimp, but the jambalaya appetizer caught my eye.
Like a tomato risotto with sausage and spice thrown in for good measure.
Despite knowing I'd be up getting to intimately know my hotel room thanks to heart burn we gobbled the whole thing up and set off to make it at home.
I swiped most of it from All Recipes but made a few tweaks the next go around. I never add file powder, as we don't have any, and it still sets up a beaut.
2 tablespoons peanut oil, divided
1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
10 ounces andouille sausage, sliced into
1 pound boneless skinless chicken
breasts, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 onion, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 can crushed
1 can diced tomatoes
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 cups uncooked white rice
3 cups chicken broth
You'll be chopping forever. Onions diced, garlic smashed, celery diced like you're trying to sell a knife, then the chicken cubed and the sausage diced.
I've actually used Johnsonville sausage for the Andouille, perhaps not fancy but it did the job.
Add the tablespoon of peanut oil to a big ol stew pot and brown the sausage for a minute or two.
Remove the sausage with a slotted spoon, which is when I dug through my drawers for said holy spoon of antioch. I thought about grabbing my dremel, a wooden spoon, and making my own but a typical unslotted spoon worked okay as well.
Dredge the chicken with the cajun spice and then brown it in much the same way and set aside.
Into the pot go the onions, the garlic, the celery (and if you're following the original recipe the pure evil green peppers that should be wiped from the earth). Saute them all together until the onions no longer tug at your tear ducts.
And enough leftovers to keep you dreaming of the tomatoey gooeniess for weeks to come.