- my family and friends are safe
- my town is on high ground
- I'm in a position to help those who've been left with little more than their lives
- I raaaarely cook without a recipe -- a blank slate was great fun!
- I've never cooked N'awlins -- a tablespoon of research yielded a whole cup of self-confidence
- I cooked under the influence of today's Fresh Air with music from New Orleans greats Dr John, Harry Connick Jr and Allen Toussaint
- The result was seriously delicious
- Served hot vs cold and thus on a platter for easy serving
- No okra, no corn -- in the spirit of the time and with gas shortages possible, I walked to the local market instead of driving to the supermarket: no okra, the corn was sad
- It tasted BETTER than imagined -- a definite keeper
Hands-on time: 25 minutes (not including the rice)
Time to table: 25 minutes
1 tablespoon bacon grease
1/2 a large yellow onion, chopped
1/2 a large green pepper, chopped
8 ounces sausage, cut in bite-size pieces (lacking andouille, I used something called a hunter-style sausage that was firm and spice-flecked, just as hoped)
1 1/2 cups cooked brown rice (from 3/4 cup dry rice, cooked in beer, see ALANNA's TIPS)
2 teaspoons adobo sauce
1/4 teaspoon oregano
1/4 teaspoon basil
1/4 teaspoon thyme
Plenty of pepper
8 ounces cooked shrimp, chopped
8 ounces cherry tomatoes, quartered
Heat the bacon grease in a large skillet or Dutch oven on MEDIUM HIGH. Add the onion and pepper and sauté until slightly cooked. Add the sausage and let heat clear through and beginning to brown. Stir in the rice and heat through. Add the seasonings, taste and adjust. Stir in the shrimp and heat through. Stir in the tomatoes and let just warm. Serve immediately.
Per Serving: 398 Cal (49% from Fat, 26% from Protein, 25% from Carb); 26 g Protein; 21 g Tot Fat; 7 g Sat Fat; 25 g Carb; 3 g Fiber; 57 mg Calcium; 3 mg Iron; 1087 mg Sodium; 162 mg Cholesterol, Weight Watchers 9 points
- I use the Cook's Illustrated technique for baking brown rice. It takes about 5 minutes of hands-on time and the results are consistently moist, fully cooked and delicious. And because it's so easy, brown rice has become a staple in the house where before it was always too much trouble.
- Was the beer worth it? There was a small taste difference that I kind of liked. But I think the more important ingredients are the sausage, the shrimp and the tomatoes: that's where I'd spend time and money and calories.
Me, Myself and I! Yes I'm quite proud of myself!