One Pan Jambalaya with Shrimp and Sausage

snow dog

It snowed today…again. And in the last 2 weeks school has only been open for 2 days. In other news, Travis built what he calls a “snow dog”. Which of our dogs does it resemble the most?

Randolph and our house

Our house from the road. Usually a pretty tropical scene but…ahhh…not today. But the boys had fun playin’ while I watched from the warmth of the passenger seat. We went for a drive to the oceanfront, had lunch at the only place open (which wasn’t a bad choice, my grilled chicken and bacon salad was delish) and worked from home. Travis made the snow dog around 5pm and I spent just enough time out there to take a couple pictures. Then I came in to start up dinner:

Kentucky bourbon sausage

onions, peppers, garlic and rice

jambalaya

jambalaya served up

One Pan Jambalaya with Shrimp and Sausage

  • 1 package (4 links) Niman Ranch Kentucky Bourbon Uncured Sausage (the best, they can be found at Whole Foods)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 red pepper, seeded and diced
  • 7-8 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup organic jasmine rice
  • 1 – 28 oz can fire roasted tomatoes
  • 2-3 cups chicken stock
  • 2 teaspoons organic Worcestershire sauce (because no HFCS)
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 cups frozen okra, defrosted
  • 1 pound bag uncooked frozen shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

Method

  • Start by slicing the sausage links. I like them pretty thin. Heat a large, high sided, non-stick skillet on medium high heat and the sausage (without any oil). Let it cook for a few minutes without turning so they get color and brown bits start forming (see above). Stir to brown on both sides. Using a large spoon, remove the sausage from the pan and place in bowl. Reserve.
  • Turn the heat down a bit and add the EVOO, onion and pepper to the same skillet. Add salt and pepper. Cook until the onion is translucent and then add the garlic. Cook garlic for 30 seconds and add rice stirring to coat the rice with any pan juices and toast it a bit. Add tomatoes, chicken stock, spices and bay leaves and cook on low for 30-40 minutes.
  • Remove lid, stir, and add a bit more chicken stock if needed. I don’t like it dry but I also don’t want jambalaya soup! Add shrimp, sausage and okra and cook until shrimp is just done. Do not overcook shrimp or they will be rubbery (yuck). Check for seasoning, add more salt and pepper if needed, and remove bay leaves.
  • Serve up. If you like it spicy you can add a dusting of cayenne pepper or a dash a hot sauce on top!

**Easy defrost tip for the shrimp and okra: Place the shrimp in a large colander and rinse with water. Put the okra in a separate smaller colander and also rinse with water. Let them both sit out at room temperature while the rice is cooking and they should be ready to go once you need them!

Eating Lately

Lunches:

Quinoa tossed with leftover black bean salsa (no one was eating it WTH!) and topped with shredded cheddar. This was lunch for 2 days.

mex quinoa bake

 

Chipotle!! A burrito bowl with brown rice, black beans, sofritas and all the fixin’s. I was working in Richmond and my nephew had a dentist appointment around 1:30 near where I was so my sister Angela agreed to meet me here for lunch before his appointment. So fun!

Had a lunch meeting with another colleague and they brought in Olive Garden. I hadn’t eaten their salad and bread-sticks in forever!

Scrambled eggs, with tomato, onion and spinach and then topped with sliced avocado.

Dinners:

Stuffed red peppers: brown rice, cooked crumbled ground sirloin, spices, chopped almonds, jalapeno and cheese. I’m leaving something out but it’s ok. Maybe I’ll post the recipe soon. They got rave reviews from my guys.

Grilled flat iron steak and a salad with chopped romaine, cucumbers, onion, feta and Newman’s Own oil/vinegar dressing.

Shrimp and grits. Roasted brussel sprouts.

Ate out at Froggies Cantina during their open mic night. I had crab legs and a side of green beans. A few stolen bites of mac-n-cheese may have happened 🙂

Grilled fish (that we caught!). Orzo with sauteed mushrooms and a bit of melted brie. Sauteed zucchini and onions.

Pan seared chicken breast with a roll. Carrots and cucumbers.

Since I don’t have pics of the food I ate, I’ll share one of the fish we caught!

fishing

 

Southwestern Salsa with Black Beans and Corn

Southwestern Black Bean and Corn Salsa

I started making this recipe 7-8 years ago when a co-worker made it and brought it to work. It was delish and an extra bonus? I already had the cookbook that she got the recipe from!

Since then I have made this salsa for cookouts and take it over to dinner parties as an appetizer on numerous occasions. My Mom even makes it too! Of course when this dip gets around my brothers and my son what would typically be enough for a “big party” is devoured in no time. I’m lucky if I get a couple of chips worth!

Southwestern Salsa with Black Beans and Corn

I hosted our neighborhood book club last night and made this salsa. I had a couple of people ask for the recipe…always a good indicator that it was enjoyed!

The yellow peppers were on sale where I shopped so I substituted them for the red pepper. In the past I have used cumin powder instead of cumin seed and it works well. I bought cilantro and used parsley from my herb garden. The lime juice, garlic and red pepper flake…yummmmm…I think I’ll have more for breakfast!

Southwestern Salsa with Black Beans and Corn

 

Recipe from The Ultimate Southern Living Cookbook

Honey Hoisin Glazed Chicken

“You should start an eatery and name it Chicken and just serve this,” stated Travis as he got up from the table last night.

A couple of other people can speak for the crispy, lick your fingers, awesomeness of this chicken. I served it last weekend when my sister Zandria and her husband Paul were visiting and they were also fans. Like the “have a second piece” type of fans.

honey hoisin chicken

It’s a tad spicy. Definitely sticky. Better than the best BBQ sauce. If you don’t eat the skin I’ll hit you. EAT the skin. Or mail it to me as a present.

We served it with a huge pile of farmer’s market kale and spinach mixed up.

honey hoisin chicken

Honey Hoisin Glazed Chicken

  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 scallions, white and green parts, thinly sliced (I used chives because I have a ton growing right now)
  • 2 teaspoons black and white sesame seeds, for serving (I forgot to use them!)

Method

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Prepare baking tray by lining it with foil. I used a multi-pack of leg and thigh pieces but you could also use wings or just legs. Season chicken with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper and cook in a preheated oven for 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, combine the vinegar and crushed red pepper in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer. Remove the saucepan from the heat and whisk in the honey, hoisin and soy sauce.
  • Remove chicken from the oven and liberally brush with the glaze. Return to oven and bake 10 more minutes.
  • Remove chicken from oven and glaze again. Let set for 5-10 minutes before serving to cool down. Extra glaze can be served with chicken for dipping.

Thai Veggie and Shrimp with Rice Pasta

Don’t be intimidated by the long list of ingredients in this dish. Many of these ingredients keep in the pantry for a long time and can be used in lots recipes and marinades. Then once you invest you only need to replenish one bottle at a time when it empties.

 

I always know it’s good when the guys in my house say thank you and help clean up after dinner 🙂

Thai Veggie and Shrimp with Rice Pasta

  • I package mini zucchini, sliced into 4 pieces in thin strips
  • 1 large handful baby carrots, sliced into 4 pieces in thin strips
  • 1 red pepper, sliced into thin strips
  • 1/2 red onion, cut into chunks
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 package sugar snap peas, ends trimmed, sliced in half on the diagonal
  • 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 pound cleaned, peeled, deveined large shrimp
  • 2 tablespoons Mirin (Japanese Sake)
  • 2-3 tablespoons, low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 teaspoons ginger, minced
  • 1 heaping tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1 heaping tablespoon chili garlic sauce
  • 1 – 8 ounce box DeBoles rice angel hair pasta
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • siracha

Method

  • Chop and prepare all veggies. Heat large skillet over medium heat and add grapeseed and sesame oils into the pan. Add the zucchini, peppers, carrots and onion and cook for about 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile cook the rice noodles according to package directions.
  • Back to the skillet where the veggies are cooking add garlic, snow peas and raw shrimp and cook until shrimp are about halfway done and then add the Mirin, soy sauce, ginger, fish sauce, sesame seeds and chili garlic sauce. Cook for a couple more minutes until shrimp are done.
  • Toss in cooked, drained and rinsed rice noodles. Add juice of 1/2 lime. Serve immediately. Garnish with siracha for extra heat, if desired.

Ratatouille!!!!

My mom and I both bought the same recipe book from a Southern Living At Home party a few years ago; The Ultimate Southern Living Cookbook. I made a Boston Cream Pie out of it recently but there are a few recipes in this book that have turned up again and again at family get-togethers…namely this Ratatouille and a Black Bean and Corn Salsa. My mom and sisters and I made this Ratatouille together last weekend and served it with a thai marinated flank steak (recipe to come soon) and it was GONE. No leftovers. Seven people and a baby made short work of the whole pot of stew. Since I didn’t get enough last weekend and the farmer’s market had all the right ingredients I decided to make it again.

Almost everything that went into the Ratatouille was from the farmer’s market that I shopped at yesterday (with the exception of the red onion and the wine and spices). The beer was to help me get through all of the chopping involved for this dish 🙂

The finished stew:

It was so hard to take this picture and have to wait a minute to dig my spoon into the veggy-goodness.

Ratatouille

Slightly Adapted From The Ultimate Southern Living Cookbook

  • 1 large eggplant (I used 5 small eggplant), cubed
  • 1 large zucchini (1 used 2-3 smaller ones), cubed
  • 2 medium yellow squash, cubed
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 peppers (red, yellow, green), coarsely chopped
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 (14 1/2 ounce) cans tomato wedges (I used a large pint of fresh grape tomatoes cut into wedges)
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • freshly grated parmesan cheese and pitted black olives, for garnish

Method

  • Saute first 3 ingredients in hot oil in a large dutch oven over medium heat for 8-10 minutes. Add peppers, onion and garlic and saute for another 8-10 minutes stirring occasionally. Add tomatoes, wine and spices and simmer for 15 minutes or until tender. Discard bay leaf.
  • Serve with olives and some grated parmesan cheese. Can be served hot or cold. I prefer it warm. Makes great leftovers!!

Farmer’s Market picks

Travis and I took a short ride to our local South of the James farmer’s market this morning with our dogs. I haven’t been in the mood to take pictures of my food this past week but this beautiful bounty inspires me. I made a large pot of Ratatouille last weekend and it was gobbled up before there were any pics taken. I’m pretty sure I’ll be making it again with all the peppers, zucchini, squash, tomatoes and eggplant that I have here. Happy Saturday!!