The big easy jambalaya
Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 35 minutes Yields: 6 (1 1/3-cup) servings
This spicy, flavorful dish is perfect for a Mardi Gras party, and it really is “big easy”. The recipe can be easily doubled to serve 12 by using 2 packages of Jambalaya Mix, doubling all the other ingredients and cooking in a Dutch oven or saucepot.
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
1 each medium green and yellow bell pepper, chopped
1 can (14 1/2 ounces) fire roasted or regular diced tomatoes, undrained
1 cup water
1 package (8 ounces) Zatarain’s® Reduced Sodium Jambalaya Mix
1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 package (12 ounces) andouille sausage, cut into 1/4-inch slices
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley (optional)
Heat oil in large deep skillet or 5-quart Dutch oven on medium heat. Add onion and bell peppers; cook and stir 7 minutes or until 1. vegetables begin to soften.
Stir in tomatoes, water and Jambalaya Mix. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and simmer 15 minutes. 2.
Stir in shrimp and sausage. Cover and cook 10 minutes longer or just until shrimp turn pink and rice and vegetables are tender, stirring 3. occasionally. Remove from heat. Let stand 5 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley, if desired./www.zatarains.com
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
1 cup frozen okra cut, thawed
1 14.5-ounce can stewed tomatoes, undrained
12 ounces chicken breast, cut into strips (tenders)
12 ounces fully cooked Cajun-style andouille sausage or smoked turkey sausage
1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
2 cups cooked brown rice
1/4 cup Hidden Valley Original Ranch Light Dressing
5 cups water
1/4 cup oil (optional)
2 packages Zatarain’s Jambalaya Mix
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed
1 pound smoked sausage, sliced 1/4-inch thick
1/2 cup sliced green onions (optional)
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