How you doin’? This is our 86th day in captivity and I am beginning to know how all the wild animals felt at Tiger King’s Ranch. Okay, I really don’t feel all that trapped as Joan and I are coming to the office every day—an empty office. Things are improving a little bit. Here was some of the good news.
Some of you may not be familiar with Jambalaya. It is a Louisiana meat, seafood, and rice dish. When cooked in an Instant Pot it is quick and easy.
I start by browning the ham, sausage and chicken first and then stir it in only at the end. That way you infuse the rice with its flavor yet keep the protein from turning rubbery under pressure. Adding the cooked shrimp at the end also allows it to keep from getting over-cooked! By the way, even the leftovers gently reheated are great.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 1 hours 20 minutes
Yield: 8 1-1/2 cup servings
3-pounds bone-in smoked ham hocks, saw cut into 1-inch rounds
6-cups chicken stock
4 tablespoons olive oil
12 ounces Andouille sausage cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices (use the really good Andouille)
6 ounces chicken thigh meat 2-inch cubes (you can also use duck meat)
1 medium yellow onion chopped
1 medium green bell pepper seeded and chopped
1 medium stalk celery chopped
3 garlic cloves diced
1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning (see recipe below)
1/4 teaspoon ground thyme
1-1/2 cups uncooked long-grain white rice (regular NOT instant rice)
2 14.5-ounce cans diced tomatoes, undrained
2-1/4 cups chicken stock
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
8 ounces medium-size cooked shrimp (41-60 count)
4 Scallions thinly sliced
Cajun Seasoning Blend
When your recipes call for Cajun seasoning blend and you don’t have it in your pantry, try this scratch recipe for the best results.
Prep time: 2 minutes
2 tablespoons paprika
1 tablespoon cayenne powder
1 tablespoon granulated onion
1 tablespoon granulated garlic
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon granulated salt
ChefSecret: Make it your own by adding some additional spices and herbs to your own taste, i.e. cumin, coriander, thyme, white pepper, dried basil, celery seed, dried jalapeño powder, superhot ghost chili powder or smoked chili powder.
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