Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Super Simple Jambalaya

-3 C Water with dash of salt and TB butter
-3/4 C Zataran's Jambalaya mix
-2 C minute rice
-1/3 lb smoked sausage, sliced
-8 large shrimp with tails removed

Bring water to boil.  Add Zataran's and minute rice and reduce to medium low.  Cook for about five minutes with lid and add the smoked sausage and shrimp. Stir it now and then to ensure that the rice does not scorch.  Reduce to a simmer, keeping the lid on, for another ten minutes. 

Put in a couple dashes of Frank's hot sauce.

Optional alternatives would be to dice up a tomato and add in the tomato with the shrimp, and also add about a half a cup of corn.  We both agreed this would be delicious additions to the dinner.

We also both agree that Zataran's is a little too strong.  There are actually a few things on the market that we think would work better if they were mixed with more ingredients.  Stove Top Stuffing, for instance, is too heavily herbed and mushy, but if mixed with more bread and similar would make a great seasoning for a large dish of stuffing.  

If you don't have a lot of desire to invest in all the spices and similar that you would need for jambalaya, or just want a quick easy version of a popular dish, this is a pretty good option.  We served it with some griddled cornbread.

Happy crafting!

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