One Fat Tuesday
Before I get to my Fat Tuesday dinner, I have to share this find!! I found the new lemon Chobani at Harris Teeter today!!
Ok this was pretty tasty. If you love lemon you will like this.
If you don’t, well then more for me :-)
I wanted to make something that celebrated Mardi Gras for dinner tonight. After consulting my amazing friends on Facebook, I had the answer.
Jambalaya! Or at least my version of jambalaya. I’m not from the South. I’ve never been to New Orleans. So I really have absolutely nothing to compare this to other than my palate.
First I sear off a chicken breast that I cubed in some olive oil and cajun seasoning.
Then I removed the chicken and reserved it on the side.
In the same pot I added some andouille sausage that I chunked. I left it in till it browned on all sides.
Then like the chicken, I took it out of the pan and reserved it on the side.
Next I added some chopped celery, green bell pepper and white onion into the pot.
I added a bit more cajun seasoning and cooked them until they started to get tender.
Once somewhat tender, I added a big dollop of tomato paste and a sprinkling of sugar, stirring it into the vegetables.
I let that caramelize a bit to develop some flavor up in there.
Then I added some diced tomatoes and deglazed the pot with chicken stock.
I made sure I scraped all of the delicious brown goodies off the bottom!
I let the mixture simmer for a little and gave it a quick taste test.
Then I put the seared chicken pieces back into the pot and gave them a stir, letting the heat finish cooking the chicken.
Then I added a few shrimp to the mix and did the same thing. These babies cook pretty fast!
And just because I have a surplus of frozen peas and corn in my freezer, I added a little bit of each in the pot too. The more the merrier.
Now from what I do know about jambalaya, I know it is traditionally served with rice.
Well I just wasn’t in a rice kind of mood.
So I made a quick batch of grits with plenty of butter and cheese to go around.
Dinner is served!
Like I said before, I’ve never been to New Orleans. But this tasted awesome!
I really loved how the grits sopped up all of the amazing flavor of the jambalaya.
I now have a huge tub of this in my fridge. Any one want some?
I also should mention that I have this dough rising as we speak.
Who starts baking at 9pm ??
Successful Fat Tuesday indeed.
Game day tomorrow! Expect a late post!
P.S. Is it Saturday yet?!