The weather is heating up and that means it’s time to fire up the grill. Whether it’s a graduation celebration or just a simple summer get-together in the backyard, make sure to bring the fun and flavor of New Orleans to the picnic table.

The whole family looks forward to enjoying traditional fare like hot dogs and hamburgers. Amp up the fun and flavors of the grill even more with jambalaya, a new take on group-friendly meals that’s easy to prepare.

The traditional New Orleans-Style meal offers an ideal solution for everyone, as it can be customized for each person’s taste preferences and is ready in less than 30 minutes. Start with a large batch of original jambalaya – it’s easy to do with Zatarain’s Jambalaya Mix. Then create a bar of mix-in options for people to select from. Here’s what to include:

  • * Offer up Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausage from the grill, which only take a few minutes to prepare, for a hearty meat-based jambalaya.
  • * Make sure there are lots of vegetables to choose from, like bell peppers, onions, zucchini and eggplant, for a vegetarian option.
  • * Seafood lovers can add in shrimp as well or a combo of shrimp, sausage and veggies for the ultimate flavor experience.
  • * Top it all off with a sprinkle of green onions or hot sauce for an extra kick.

Now everyone, including the cook, can let the good times roll.

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Jambalaya with Smoked Sausage
Makes 6 servings, prep time: 15 minutes, cook time: 30 minutes

1 package–Zatarain’s Jambalaya Mix
1 package–Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausage

Prepare jambalaya mix as directed on package. Meanwhile, place sausage on grill until brown (approx. 12-14 minutes, turning regularly). Cut sausage into desired bite-size pieces and mix into prepared jambalaya.

Let stand 5 minutes before serving.