To give a little background, prior to moving to Arizona, my husband and I lived in New Orleans for close to four years. I cannot even begin to explain how wonderful the food of that city is and how much we miss it.
|New Orleans street scene|
This time of year as Fall approaches, I crave comfort food. In NOLA, jambalaya was my comfort food. Despite the fact that it is about 106 degrees right now, I am going to try to beckon Fall by making one of my go-to cozy, cool weather meals. We found this recipe for Cajun Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya and it is so worth the effort!...I promise. [The recipe calls for tasso, which is a spicy smoked ham, used for seasoning. If you can’t find it, you can order it online or use this substitute (courtesy of Commander’s Kitchen – Commander’s Palace, New Orleans – a fantastic cookbook, I would highly recommend): 1 ounce (per every ounce of tasso in recipe) ham cut in strips tossed with 1 part cayenne and 3 parts paprika. (source)]
I cut the recipe in half and it still makes enough for us for several days. The recipe above gives step by step instructions and I took photos of the process to give a visual:
|1. To make things easy, we went ahead and chopped everything that needed to be chopped and gathered all of our seasonings.|
|2. First brown the sausage and then add the chicken.|
|3. Add the onions and garlic.|
|4. Add the tasso, thyme, basil, and black and white pepper.|
|5. Add the chicken stock.|
|6. Add the rice and then fold in the parsley.|
|7. Simmer, covered, for at least 25 minutes.|
|8. Ready to be plated!|
|9. Accessorized and ready to eat!|
This recipe is a wee bit of work, but if you like jambalaya or have never tried it, this one is a real treat!...just chill out on the cayenne, unless you like things spicy!
Be sure to pay a visit to these fine ladies and see what recipes they are sharing: Michelle from Studio Surface, Ana from Live & Enliven, Estelle from Under a Pink Moon, Bianca from Bink and Boo, Damaris from Kitchen Corners, and Susan from House of Brinson. ...say hi and check out their blogs if you haven't already! :)
Have a great week!