Happy Mardi Gras!
If you have read this blog you know the two things I like talkin' 'bout the mostest is chasing ladies on social media sites and cookin' food. And if I'm talkin' food I'm usually talkin' 'bout poor folks food like jambalaya or paella or anything else you can scratch up and throw together in a pot and stew on all day. Of all the topics I've written about (food or chasin') Creole food on Mardi Gras has been perhaps my favorite and my most consistent annual post.
Another thing I love is visiting restaurants where the real food is made and enjoyed by the locals. Not the tourists, the people who like the real deal. I've spent some time down south and across those bayous in Louisiana. One of my all time favorite "diner, drive-in and dives" type places I've come
The Jambalaya Shoppe's Pastalaya
2 Tbs Butter
1# Boneless/Skinless Chicken Breast Cut into 1" cubes
1# Andouille Sausage cut into 0.5" rounds
2 Cups Trinity: equal parts finely diced yellow onion, green pepper, and celery
2 Cups Fresh Tomatoes chopped
1 Cup Chicken Broth
2 Garlic Cloves minced
2 Tbs Creole Seasoning: paprika, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, oregano, basil, white pepper, thyme, celery seed, cayenne, ground black pepper
1# Linguini, cooked
0.25 Cup Green Onion Chopped
* In Dutch oven melt butter over medium heat. Add chicken and sausage and cook until lightly browned. Remove meat and set aside, leave butter and drippings.
* Add Trinity to pot an cook until softened, stirring occasionally for about 7 minutes
* Add back in chicken, sausage along with tomatoes, chicken broth, garlic, and creole seasoning. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and cover. Let simmer for about 15 minutes.
* Stir in cooked pasta and green onions
Here is some more information on the Jambalaya Shoppes down dere in Louisiana!
And here are my past Mardi Gras food posts, laissez les bon temps roulade!
2011 - Cajun vs Creole
2012 - Muffuleta
2013 - Po Boy
2014 - Shrimp Creole
2015 - Gumbo Rice Fritters
2016 - Gumbo
2017 - King Cake Cupcakes
And here's you dat old Cajun song about dat dere man in da swamp....
As for that other love in life, yeah I did that as well recently. Here is my latest effort on AM, do you think this note will get a reply?