Mardi Gras Jambalaya
Good and easy to put together with whatever you have on hand. I had andouille sausage, smoked sausage, and some leftover ham.
  1. Heat the oil in a dutch oven over medium high heat. Add onion and saute for 1 minute. Add celery, bell pepper and garlic and saute an additional 3 to 5 minutes until vegetables are wilted.
  2. Add smoked meats and cook for an additional 5 minutes. Add tomato sauce, diced tomatoes and chicken stock and blend well with the vegetable mixture. Bring to a rolling boil and stir in rice.
  3. When rice is well blended and mixture has returned to a boil, reduce the heat to low. Season with salt, pepper, Cajun seasoning, and hot sauce. Cover and cook on low for 20 minutes without stirring or removing lid.
  4. After 20 minutes, remove lid. Add green onions and parley. Stir the mixture and make sure the rice is not sticking to the bottom of the pan. Cover and cook another 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let steam for an additional 10 minutes.
  5. Serve with salad and hot, crispy French bread
Recipe Notes

This is a delicious, easy meal that will feed 6 people.

If you don’t already have these books by John Folse, I highly recommend them. The recipe above is adapted from a recipe in The Evolution of Cajun and Creole Cuisine.