Saturday, December 3, 2016

Recipe: New Orleans Cajun Style Jambalaya

While visiting New Orleans, Louisiana, last month, we tasted Cajun food for the first time and fell in love with it. The week after we arrived back home, I scoured the internet for Jambalaya recipes and decided to make up my own. Surprisingly, it turned out great, so I thought I would share it with you. Have you ever tried Cajun food?


New Orleans Cajun Style Jambalaya

¼ cup butter
1 medium-sized onion, minced
1 bell pepper, chopped
5 sticks celery, chopped
2 fully cooked sausages (Cajun Style Andouille Sausage from Walmart), in bite-sized pieces
2 large garlic cloves, minced
1-6 ounce can tomato paste
1-14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes
¼ teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning (I use Weber N’Orleans Cajun Seasoning)
¼ teaspoon ground pepper
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
4 cups chicken broth
2 cups rice
Fish (I use crappie. Can also use shrimp or chicken)

Melt ¼ cup butter in heavy stockpot or Dutch oven on medium heat.
Add onion, bell pepper, and celery. Cook until pepper is tender (approximately 6-8 minutes).


Add sausage and garlic cloves. Cook another 3 minutes.


Stir in tomato paste and diced tomatoes. Cook for 2 additional minutes, stirring.
Stir in thyme, Cajun seasoning, ground pepper, and Worcestershire sauce.
Stir in chicken broth, and bring to a boil. Add rice, bring to a boil, and simmer until rice is cooked.


When rice is close to done, cook fish in oiled skilled (can seasoning with a bit of Cajun seasoning). Cut into bite-sized pieces, and add to rice mixture. Stir to combine.


Add more Cajun seasoning if desired. Enjoy, and let me know what you think!


New Orleans Cajun Style Jambalaya

Ingredients:
¼ cup butter
1 medium-sized onion, minced
1 bell pepper, chopped
5 sticks celery, chopped
2 fully cooked sausages (Cajun Style Andouille Sausage from Walmart), in bite-sized pieces
2 large garlic cloves, minced
1-6 ounce can tomato paste
1-14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes
¼ teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning (I use Weber N’Orleans Cajun Seasoning)
¼ teaspoon ground pepper
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
4 cups chicken broth
2 cups rice
Fish (I use crappie. Can also use shrimp or chicken)

Directions:
  1. Melt ¼ cup butter in heavy stockpot or Dutch oven on medium heat.
  2. Add onion, bell pepper, and celery. Cook until pepper is tender (approximately 6-8 minutes).
  3. Add sausage and garlic cloves. Cook another 3 minutes.
  4. Stir in tomato paste and diced tomatoes. Cook for 2 additional minutes, stirring.
  5. Stir in thyme, Cajun seasoning, ground pepper, and Worcestershire sauce.
  6. Stir in chicken broth, and bring to a boil. Add rice, bring to a boil, and simmer until rice is cooked.
  7. When rice is close to done, cook fish in oiled skilled (can seasoning with a bit of Cajun seasoning). Cut into bite-sized pieces, and add to rice mixture. Stir to combine. Add more Cajun seasoning if desired.

14 comments:

  1. Anonymous12/03/2016

    I've been looking for a jambalaya recipe! Thanks so much for sharing Ellie!

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  2. Anonymous12/03/2016

    How much fish did you use?

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    1. 4 fillets the size of my palm, but you can use more or less.

      Ellie

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  3. Anonymous12/03/2016

    Blackened cajan fish is amazing. Even better when its in fish tacos.

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    1. I've heard it's good! It's quite spicy though right?

      Ellie

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    2. Anonymous12/04/2016

      You can make it as spicy as you want to. And if you top with avocado or sour cream it helps to cut through the spiciness.

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    3. That would be tasty. (I sure do love avocado.) I'll have to order it at a restaurant, and then perhaps work my way up to making it. Thanks for the idea!

      Ellie

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    4. Anonymous12/07/2016

      It's really not that hard to make, just takes getting the correct seasoning to make it taste authentic

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    5. That's good to know. Maybe I'll try looking up a recipe. I'm sure my husband would love it.

      Have a great day. :)
      Ellie

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  4. That looks delicious! I really enjoy reading all of your bogs, but the past few times I've looked at them, I've noticed an abundance of ads that don't really aid the reading experience. Is that something you can change? I completely understand if you can't. Thank you so much for what you do!

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    1. I'm glad to hear you enjoy my blogs, Betsy. I don't have a ton of control over the ad layout, as it's sort of an automatic thing, but I'll see what I can do. :)

      I'm blessed to have you as a reader.
      Ellie

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  5. Anonymous12/06/2016

    I'm sorry this is off topic, but I think it would be interesting to hear how you and your mom started blogging together and why. That is if you don't mind sharing.

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    1. Hi there,

      Here's a post that shares the story of my blogs: http://www.nashvillewife.com/2015/11/the-story-of-my-blogs.html?m=1

      Enjoy! :)
      Ellie

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