I have a sister down in Louisiana, some family friends, etc. Everyone knows the food there is amazing, so I got a bunch of tips, advice and a whole lot of sampling done to put together this recipe (yes, I gained some weight there).
IT GETS BETTER EVERY TIME YOU MAKE IT!!! Add a little of this, a little of that, cook longer, simmer longer, switch the peppers, spices, etc. The way I make it is simple, easy and delicious.
LUKE’S SIMPLE AND EASY JAMBALAYA
THE CAJUN HOLY TRINITY:
- 1 big onion chopped
- 1 green bell pepper chopped
- 2-3 stalks of celery, chopped
1 large red bell pepper chopped
I medium bulb garlic ( I just cut the top off, smash it and peel it it)
1 teaspoon freshly ground black or white pepper (or ½ of both)
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon salt (real Iodized salt, not that weak sea salt!)
1-2 bay leaves
2 tablespoons of EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
2- 3 cups of chicken or vegetable broth (Depending on how loose you want to be)
( I use “Better Than Bouillon” concentrated broth… It’s really good)
14 ounces of crushed tomatoes
OPTIONAL: Little wine or sherry (about ¼ a cup)
4 tablespoons of Frank’s Red Hot Sauce (I put that shit on everything)
1 to 1 ½ pounds Andouille or Polish Kielbasa
1/2 pound cooked shrimp (deveined and shelled of course)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley or basil
In a big pot (I use a 6 ½ qt.)
- 2- 3 cups of chicken or vegetable broth
- 14 ounces of crushed tomatoes
- 4 tablespoons of Frank’s Red Hot Sauce
Put heat on low to med slight simmer; now throw in all your veggies, mix, and let simmer for 5 minutes.
Throw in all the herbs/spices… Then bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
Take down from a boil to the lowest simmering stove top setting, add sausage.
Bring to a boil once more really quick, shut off stove.
Let sit for an hour or two (I do two hours)
Bring to a light simmer; add shrimp, let cook for 5-8 minutes till shrimp is pink.
Serve over rice, chopped parsley or basil on top.
*Some people like to cook the rice in the Jambalaya, if you do, add ¾ cup of water and one cup of rice to the pot. I also like using Frank’s Red Hot Sauce, but you can use any hot sauce you like. I also put ¼ to ½ tsp of Cayenne pepper when I want that extra kick.
Good luck, cook on…
And be happy.