March 25, 2011

Fat Tuesday Deliciousness: Shrimp and Sausage Jambalaya

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As you may remember, this week we're on a quest to make some new Internet friends by recreating meals of some popular bloggers on the web. Today's recipe is a Shrimp and Sausage Jambalaya that we adapted from BrownEyedBaker. We were looking for a jambalaya recipe to make since it's (sort of) Mardi Gras season, and her photos and recipe sounded delicious.

I am pooped from Mardi Gras festivities...wake me when it's time for dinner

Neither of us had had or made jambalaya lately, so we were pretty open to what it would taste like, but we knew we wanted something spicy, flavorful, and full of seafood, so this seemed like the perfect combination. We changed up Michelle's recipe just a touch since there were just the two of us, and removed the red bell pepper and ham, but it still came out spicy and delicious. The best thing about it though is that it definitely passes our test for minimal effort with great reward - it's very easy to make once you get through chopping everything up!

Making the Dish
What You'll Need

3-4 links smoked andouille sausage
1 lb 20-24 ct shrimp, deveined and rinsed
1 medium onion, diced
1 rib celery, diced
1 medium green bell pepper, diced
1 vine ripened tomato, seeded and diced
1 tablespoon butter
4 cups chicken stock
2 cups long-grain brown rice, rinsed
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon fresh thyme, minced
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
3 bay leaves
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2-4 teaspoons hot sauce (optional)
1/2 cup chopped scallions
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
Juice of one lemon

Start off by chopping up everything you'll need. Dice up your onion, celery, green pepper, a vine ripened tomato, and 3 cloves of garlic, as well as your fresh thyme and parsley, and green onions.

Andouille sausage, sliced up. 

We used pre-cooked andouille sausage for this (and recommend it as well, since it makes the whole thing a lot easier to pull together), so slice that up into thin circles as well.

Is that sausage I smell? Hrm... I could be convinced to get up for that. 
Next it's time to start cooking. In a large pot, add in your butter, let it melt down, and then throw in your onion and celery. Once it starts to cook down and soften, add in the garlic to let it open up in flavor, and the tomato as well.

Cooking up some veggies. 

After a few minutes of cooking, before the garlic starts to brown, add in your chopped thyme, oregano, and cayenne pepper (amounts for each can be found at the bottom of the post), and mix it all together. Then throw in your tomato paste and blent together well.

Jambalaya herbs and spices. 

The next step is to add in the chicken stock and bring it to a rolling boil. Once you're there, you can add in your rice, sausage, bay leaves, salt, and pepper.

Adding the rice and sauce into the stock. 

Additionally, if you're looking for extra spicy, add in some hot pepper sauce (Tobasco, or similar).

We used Frank's RedHot, because it's what we had. 
Stir it all together, bring it back to a boil, and once it's boiling, cover and reduce the head to low. Simmer it covered for 20 minutes, until the rice is cooked. Notice that you'll probably have to go a bit longer, maybe as long as 30 minutes, if you're using whole grain rice rather than white rice, as we did with our recipe. While it's cooking, rinse and dry your shrimp.

Shrimp, peeled, deveined, and rinsed clean. 

After the rice has cooked pretty much entirely, add in 1/4 cup of the chopped scallions, 1/4 cup of the parsley, the juice of a lemon, your shrimp (rinsed, and patted dry), and stir everything together. Be careful as you're stirring that you're not too vigorous, or else you may break up some of the shrimp. Once everything is well integrated, cover the pot and let it cook for a few minutes longer, then remove from heat and allow to steam for 5 - 10 minutes so that the shrimp gets nice and firm.

Adding our shrimp and parsley on top of the cooked jambalaya. 

Once that's done, the dish is ready to eat, so serve it out onto a bowl and garnish with more scallions, parsley, and hot sauce.

The Result
Get ready for some hot! This turned out to be incredibly spicy, but if you like spicy with a full body of flavor underneath, you'll love this dish! The tomato flavor coupled with the chicken and sausage and shrimp work really well together, and the various herbs compliment everything quite nicely.

Truth be told, we'll probably tone down the extra red pepper sauce next time, because this ended up being a touch too hot for us. But that's probably just us! What do you think? The hotter the better? What are some other spicy dishes we should try out?


  1. This blog is so useful and the cat w/ a bottle of wine pic is just simply incredible. Now I must go find a recipe for dinner. Thanks for this. :D

  2. Thanks White Rabbit :) Glad you find it useful! Let us know if you have any questions on how to make anything!

  3. I just hopped on your blog from Google's blog's of note. I was drawn to it as it captures two of my favorite and cats. I love how Herbie plays a starring role. Mine only had a guest appearance in one of my posts.

  4. Right, I'm off to buy these ingredients! Sounds tasty.
    I like your cat, too.

  5. First your cat drew me in, but then I noticed the photography and professionalism of your blog. Mine pale in comparison:-(

    I feel like I am looking at bon appetit magazine. Beautiful work! Thanks!

  6. Thank you so much!

    Sarah - let us know how it turns out :)

    Rosie, such a wonderful compliment, thank you! Your funny animal blog has some great stuff on it too!

  7. This recipe is so amazing and delicious. Your cat is so cute and adorable.

  8. I'm allergic to prawns, but I still want this.

  9. The hotter the better, definitely!
    I LOVE your blog - I used to post step by step pictures in my old one but since I launched Everything Goes With Toast I've just used a picture of the final product. I might have a style rethink, you've inspired me :-)

  10. Stumbled across your blog and it really caught my attention! I'm always looking for new, tasty recipes that are easy to make on a weeknight and this jambalaya looks delicious!

    I love your gorgeous photographs that capture the beauty of the ingredients and of course, Herbie!

    Although I shouldn't have favorite cat was an orange one named Simba and Herbie is just adorable! He has such expression in those amber eyes!

    In terms of other spicy recipes, how about trying a Thai curry of sorts?

    I'll be back soon :D

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  12. Oh, how cute cat! Makes me miss mine. He looks so relaxed! :)

  13. WOW just happen to come by this blog! Very fascinating! MAKES ME SOOO HUNGRY!!! :P

  14. Thanks for the nice comments! Yes, Herbie is very relaxed, most of the time, except in the mornings when he's dashing around the apartment and knocking things over :)

    Amanda, wonderful suggestion, we love Thai food! Do you know any good curry recipes? We made a quick and easy one the other night that we'll be posting very soon, but would love something a little more authentic :)

  15. I came across your blog today and I'm hooked, Can't wait for some more recipes. I love the pics in the middle of the food pics of Herbie trying to help. lol.

    Super Cute.

  16. Just found your blog today and love it. The photography is awesome and the recipes look great, I'll definitely be trying some! Keep up the good work!

  17. Thanks so much for the compliments! We really appreciate the feedback :)

  18. Bryan - I must say I love checking out your blog! The photos are fantastic and Herbie is a cutie. I'm trying this out tonight - I'm sure it will be great!

  19. Great photos. The herbie looks delicious, so mouth watering. Love your blog.

  20. Excellent! All I had on hand was Italian sausage and it was wonderful.


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