7/2/08

Jambalya,me oh my ya

Sing-a-long:

Goodbye Joe, me gotta go, me oh my oh
Me gotta go pole the pirogue down the bayou
My Yvonne, the sweetest one, me oh my oh
Son of a gun, we'll have good fun on the bayou
Jambalaya, a-crawfish pie and-a file gumbo'
Cause tonight I'm gonna see my ma cher amio
Pick guitar, fill fruit jar and be gay-oh
Son of a gun, we'll have big fun on the bayou.

Jambalya, Hank Williams

Can I please go live in New Orleans? I swear I'd be good. I might get really fat because I'd eat my way through the city but isn't that the point. I want real beignets from Cafe Du Monde. Jambalaya, Dirty Rice, Gumbo, Red Beans and Rice. Just put it in my face and I'll eat it.

I already have a blues name 'Boney' Sugar Johnson. See, I am ready to go. What's your blues name?

(Thanks Fred for the link. I read all your Beers for Barcelona Blog from beginning to end, and I have a picture for you. Your blog is right up my alley. It's not for everyone but I have books on freight train graffiti so the stuff you post fascinates me!)

Shrimp and Sausage Slow Cooker Jambalaya: Lennie from eat write create

1 cup chopped onion (about 1 onion is fine)
1 cup chopped green bell pepper (about 1 pepper works)
1 cup chopped celery
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
2 cups smoked sausage (the kind that's fully cooked), spicy or not -- your call, chopped
3/4 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon red pepper sauce (or more)
3/4 lb medium-sized raw shrimp, peeled and deveined, thawed if frozen
2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

Mix all ingredients, except fresh parsley and shrimp, in slow cooker. Cover and set to Low and cook for 7 to 8 hours. If impatient, cook on High for 3 to 4 hours. You want the veggies to just barely be tender.

Remove lid, stir in shrimp, and cook on Low for about 45 minutes to an hour. You want the shrimp to be pink and firm, but of course not overcooked. Just before serving, stir in parsley. It may seem a garnish, but it's not, it adds a lot of flavour.

I recommend serving with rice, but go with whatever floats your boat.

Serves 4.

*Tasting Notes... The only thing I ever did was add a lot more hot sauce and that was to my own bowl, not to the actual recipe. We are three dinners into Puppet Master and so far every recipe has been wonderful. I have never made Jambalaya from scratch. I always made it from *GASP!* a box. Boy oh boy, was that ever a mistake. Never, never again. Lennie has shown me the error of my ways and has taken me off the culinary path of sin! Thank the Lord because Bourdain was coming off the Mount to smite me!

Remember to tell me your blues name!

27 comments:

Kristin said...

I tried the blues name thing, but it wouldn't give me mine. I think my weird-ass Dutch last name just confused it. BUT, please let me add that the Dutch name is my married name, my maiden name was Irish, and my mother is from New Orleans. Wait, does that all even make sense together? Probably not. But the POINT IS, I have had many, many, MANY opportunities to eat (and drink) in New Orleans, and I love it so. My mom sends me 12 pounds of New Orleans-style chicory coffee every year for Christmas. It's the only coffee I'll drink.

Last time I was there I picked up a box of Cafe Du Monde beignet mix (sacrilege--a mix!) at an AIRPORT GIFT SHOP for my husband, who really wanted to try it. And oh. my. god. Fried up in some of our own rendered lard? YUM. E. So if you want to order some online, I will vouch that it is totally worth it. Not as fantastic as sitting in the French Quarter at the actual Cafe Du Monde, but pretty damn close.

I'll shut up now. Can you tell this subject got me excited?

Simply...Gluten-free said...

I'll move there with you and we can both get fat!

Rebecca (Foodie With Family) said...

I'm getting fat just thinking about it. My blues name is "Downtrodden" Nelly Brown. Hmmmm...

Rebecca (Foodie With Family) said...

I'm getting fat just thinking about it. My blues name is "Downtrodden" Nelly Brown. Hmmmm...

Mental P Mama said...

Washboard Agnes Hunter Johnson -- I wonder if it means my abs?? Probably not.

Sarah said...

Ha! "Knockout" Estelle Davis is how you can address me from now on! This totally got my morning off to a good start, Krysta--thanks :)

ntsc said...

In 1988 I was in New Orleans for the Republican Convention, which for a TV broadcaster means 5 weeks. My wife came down for a long weekend. We ate a lot.

Then in the early 90s I was there for a full week on business and my wife was a temp so she came down. 7 days and like 10 major resturants, I ate myself sick.

Love the place.

asthmagirl said...

Goodness, that sounds awesome! And I have sausage and shrimp in my freezer!

Thanks!

'Howlin" Estelle Beech

Kelly said...

Hi!! Just wanted to say I love your blog and the food is making me drool!
I am Kelly and have a lil blog myself..stop by and say hi..in the meantime, I plan to whip me up some of this here good eats!
Ciao!

noble pig said...

I am Duke Clara Steel! Love that!

We need a Potato Ho generator!

Grace said...

can it still be called jambalaya if there are no shrimp involved? cause i detest shrimp. boiled shrimp, broiled shrimp, baked shrimp, deep-fried shrimp, sauteed shrimp...ick. :)
and i'm 'bleak' baby taylor. it must've picked up on my aversion to shrimp. :)

ntsc said...

'Lighting' Wilfred Thomplins?

QueenofPlanetHotflash said...

`Fiery´ Estelle Perkins

Kristin said...

What's with the Estelles that generator is spitting out all over the place? I find that funny, though, because my New Orleans grandmother's first name is Estelle. But I don't think she can sing the blues.

Caroline said...

This looks soooo good! If I could only cook. I am so hungry right now!

melissa said...

Mine is `Destitute´ Dixie Smith. Hm.

I snagged this recipe too, as I did with Kim's. Thanks Lenny. And thanks for doing this Puppet Master thing Krysta cause it's turning out to be awesome. :)

Lisa said...

'Toothless' Bessie HunterJackson!

Wooks wike I betta get thee to a dentisth!

Cheryl said...

YUM YUM YUM, looks very yummy! My blues name is Mamma's Big Booty!

Anonymous said...

it's stacey
'sleepy' lulu dixon
nice...

me again said...

I'm SO glad I was responsible for taking you off the culinary path of sin! I think. Sin can be fun sometimes.........
-- `Bourbon´ Agnes Freeman (aka Lennie, eat write create)

mindy said...

"fats" stella marshall says, try adding some chow chow for a little more kick. (blogging from lafayette this weekend; sadly not enough time to get down to N'ah-lins.) this one looks fresh and lighter than i'm used to--will have to add to my to-do list!

adriane said...

"Bleedin" Bessie Nicholas says: "You had me at beignets from Cafe Du Monde".

First time I've read you, but I'll be back for a second helping. Good stuff here!

mikky said...

I'm a big fan of jambalaya, but not so much of blues... but I will try to play some while cooking this :) ... thanks for sharing and for visiting my blog...

White On Rice Couple said...

When you move, save me a guest room, will ya? I've been wanting to go there for ages! Any place that has dishes like this and a drive through where you can get a 32oz daiquri is awesome!

Rebecca (Foodie With Family) said...

Hang on. You can get a 32 oz. daiquiri at a drive through in Nawleans? Sign me up.

MrOrph said...

Mine is `Leadbelly´ Bill Madison. How appropriate.

My heritage comes from Baton Rouge. I am Creole.

I dated a girl who lived "cross da riva" from N'Awlins. I cannot tell you how nice and not nice that place is. It would be a great place if it had an economic infrastructure that wasn't totally based on gambling and tourisim. Culinary speaking, I'm there!

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