Son of a Gun! Gonna have big fun on the Bayou!

7 Apr
I can’t remember now who asked me (on the old blog) about my Jambalaya recipe.  I do recall it was going to be a surprise dinner for her Suth’n hubby for their anniversary in May.  Anyhoot, here’s the basics for the one I use.  It’s from Marcelle Bienvenu’s cookbook, Who’s Your Mama, Are You Catholic, And Can You Make A Roux?  I always futz with mine to taste – add this – take out that – you can’t really screw it up unless you just go nutty on it – and am not a big fan of the oysters out in this neck of the weeds so I use equal bits of shredded chicken and ham or andouille instead…
But here ya go, and please forgive my forgetfulness.  This makes plenty, by the way.  Even if he’s an eater, you should be good to go.
1/2 cup chopped green onions
1/2 cup chopped white/yellow onions
1 large green bell pepper, chopped fine
1 cup chopped celery with leaves
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/3 cup butter
1/2 to 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled & deveined
3 dozen raw oysters or 1 cup chopped ham (This is where I use the chicken instead of the oysters – you can also add sausage in it as well if you can find a good Andouille)
1 pound can whole tomatoes (Give it a little wha-pah, use Rotel with the green chiles)
1 cup chicken broth
salt, cayenne, thyme, bay leaf, hot sauce to taste
1 cup uncooked long-grain white rice

Saute onions, green peppers, celery, and garlic in butter until wilted and slightly browned. Add shrimp and oysters; cook for 5 minutes. If ham/sausage is used, add when rice is added. Add the tomatoes, chicken broth, and seasonings. (If you’re using Rotel and/or spicy sausage, watch the cayenne and hot sauce unless you like it a little fire in your face.) Add rice, stir a bit, and cover. Cook 25 minutes or until rice is tender. Add a little tomato sauce/juice, chicken broth, or water if the jambalaya becomes too dry.

And p.s. – don’t get discouraged by the recipe – it is really easy – and try to serve him that Zatarain’s crap in the box.  I promise you that Louisiana man of yours will chuck that mess right on out the window with a quickness!  Just so you know.
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