Shrimp, Fish and Andouille Jambalaya

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It isn’t Mardi Gras yet, and the Super Bowl is still a week away, but I’m in the mood for some spicy, smokey jambalaya! There’s nothing like spicy cayenne and red pepper to clear your head of any winter sniffles and with the chilly weather here, we can all use something hot and spicy. I picked up some NC shrimp and fish at Locals Seafood this week as well as some andouille sausage from Mae Farm. We are using our frozen tomatoes and peppers, homemade chicken stock and our own homemade cajun seasoning. The end result? Yum-a-licious! And enough food to feed us during a busy week! I had never made jambalaya with fish before–it tastes a lot like spicy cioppino, if you’ve ever had that. Ellie wasn’t fond of the seafood, so next time, I may try just chicken and andouille sausage, but Tom and I liked it as is! Which is good, because we have a ton of it!

I adapted the recipe below from THIS recipe on allrecipes.com

Shrimp and Andouille Jambalaya (8-10 main dish servings)

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 lb. andouille sausage, cut into 1/4″ slices
  • 1 organic, yellow onion, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup diced celery (we used fennel instead because we had it on hand)
  • 1 green pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 roasted red pepper, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/3 cup roasted tomato sauce (or tomato paste)
  • 3 roma tomatoes, chopped (or 1 can of diced tomatoes)
  • 1 tbsp. cajun seasoning (see below)
  • 6 cups homemade chicken stock
  • 2 cups organic, basmati rice
  • 1 lb. shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 lb. white fish, cut into bite size chunks
  • 1/3 cup chopped parsley

Cajun seasoning mix (from THIS recipe at allrecipes.com)

  • 2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/4 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 1/4 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes

In a small bowl, mix all ingredients together. Set aside.

Jambalaya

  1. In a large stock pot, melt butter over medium heat. When foam has subsided, add the sausage and cook until browned, 3-5 minutes. Remove sausage and set aside.
  2. Add onion, celery/fennel, and green/red peppers to the pot and cook until onion is soft–about 5 minutes.
  3. Add garlic and cook, stirring frequently, for 1 minute. Be careful not to let garlic scorch.
  4. Add tomato paste and return sausage to the pot. Stir well to combine. Add the tomatoes and spice mix. Stir again and cook about 15 minutes.
  5. Add chicken broth to the pot and stir well. Raise heat to medium/high and bring to a boil.
  6. Add rice to the pot, stir well to combine. Cover and reduce heat to low. Cook for 25 minutes.
  7. Add seafood to the pot, increase the heat to medium/high and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and continue cooking for about 15 more minutes–longer if your mixture is too soupy. It should be thick.
  8. Season with salt and pepper (if necessary) and plate your jambalaya into bowls. Sprinkle with parsely and serve!

Week 5 Budget and Menu

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January is going out like a whirlwind here in central North Carolina. This week we are expecting days with freezing temperatures and days in the upper 60s. Hard to know how to dress, hard to know what to cook! My weekly trip to the farmer’s market was hampered by icy weather. I made it to the market, but none of the vendors were there! So, I shopped more at Trader Joes than usual. We’re using a lot of our frozen and canned food this week, which should be great! Can’t believe it’s almost time to make room for spring veggies. Our budget this week was $83.19–not too bad!

Budget

  • Locals Seafood (shrimp, fish): $18.00
  • Mae Farm (andouille sausage, ham steak): $18.00
  • Trader Joes (butternut squash, cheese, frozen fruit, soy milk, penne pasta, organic split peas, wine, green peppers): $47.19

Menu

  • Sunday–shrimp, fish and andouille jambalaya with organic basmati rice
  • Monday–grilled cheese and soup
  • Tuesday–split pea soup with ham
  • Wednesday–leftover jambalaya
  • Thursday–butternut squash macaroni and cheese (from THIS recipe)
  • Friday–leftover buffet
  • Saturday–late cookie booth; eating out
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