What a cliche name, I know, but it really is jamming. And delicious. So delicious, that AFTER my mardi gras party, I had to make another round to enjoy (since I didn’t get to at the party). And I made it a little spicier, which I didn’t do for the party since I was feeding a large group of people with a different range of spice levels.
So let’s get cooking!
Get the ingredients ready. The divine trinity in cajun cooking is celery, onions and green bell pepper. This is the base for the flavor in both etouffee and gumbo as well! For jambalaya I’ve got those three, plus garlic, tomatoes and a medium grain rice.
Emeril used olive oil. I used butter. Cook the onions, celery and green onions in the butter for about 4 minutes, when the onions turn clear.
Then add the garlic, tomatoes, hot sauce and Worcestershire sauce. Stir until well mix. Then add the rice.
After rice is mixed in well, slowly add chicken broth. Simmer over medium until rice is tender. While this is happening, I dice the chicken breast, and chop the shrimp then add the crawfish tails in the same bowl, and mix well with cajun seasoning, you can you Tony’s or Louisiana brand creole seasoning. Emeril also has a recipe for his bayou blast.
Sorry for the awkward silence last week. It’s been busy with a new puppy! But that didn’t stop me from celebrating one of my favorite holidays! Mardi Gras is today, but I celebrated with friends and family this weekend.
We had beads, hats, masks, noisemakers, lots of good food, and good times! On the menu this year was, jambalaya, catfish nuggets, fried shrimp (head on), crawpuppies, and beignets (thanks Deanna!)
I hope you have a great day indulging before giving things up for Lent!
Those of you that loved my jambalaya, recipe to be posted later this week!
There’s a new little guy in my family. What was I thinking? I am very particular about how my house is kept. No dogs on the couch, when my friends bring theirs. No POOPING, NO PEEING, NO FUN. And here I am in love with this little guy. My life is full of cooking, blogging, designing, eating, traveling and now I want to start a youtube channel…all while potty training and loving my new baby. Am I crazy? I hope not.
Luckily I am not a single parent in this situation, and its just another element of chaos in my adventure of life. And a new character to write about in my blog. If you don’t like dogs, and you just want to come here for food…sorry. I guess you can just filter out posts by category! But seriously, who doesn’t like dogs? Even people who are scared of dogs, like them.
First adventure with Bawse? Potty Training. Wish me luck. Tips are appreciated!
He’s a peculiar little guy. He might be half bat. He is completely knocked out and sleeping upside down!