Monday, May 5, 2008

BBQ sauce in jambalaya?

Don't doubt it until you've tried it! I was very surprised...I was checking out Yahoo's home page earlier today, and each Monday they post "7 easy recipes you could make tonight". Normally, when I check that out, I sort of laugh, because it either sounds terrible, or I'd have to buy all of the ingredients on the way home for work - boo on that. I need a tool where I can enter the food I have at home, and it comes back with a yummy recipe. Know of any??

Anyways, one of the recipes featured today actually sounded like it might almost work for me, though when I looked at it, it called for the items below. I've marked what I actually had, and what I had to substitute...this meal actually turned out pretty darn well. It actually tasted like jambalaya as well. Travis called it "good", so that's saying something.

-1 tablespoon oil - didn't use, I rarely use extra oil to cook
-1/2 pound hot Italian sausage, sliced, quartered - had! there was enough oil in these...I made a full pound
-1 medium onion, chopped - had! we almost always have onions around
-1 (14 ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained - did not have, but I happened to have a cup and a half of diced tomatoes from tacos last week, so I added enough water to make it 14 ounces
-1 (14.5 ounce) can chicken broth - did not have, but made my own broth with water and chicken bouillon, that works like a dream
-1 medium green pepper, chopped - sort of had, I had a mix of diced stoplight peppers from taco night, that seems to be coming in handy here!
-1/2 cup KRAFT Original Barbecue Sauce - I actually used Famous Dave's Rich and Sassy, I'd recommend using their Devil's Spit or Texas Pit next time, a little less sweet
-1 pound frozen cooked shrimp, thawed - gross, yuck, yuck, I just used extra sausages
-2 cups MINUTE White Rice, uncooked - I don't use Minute Rice, so I used Uncle Ben's Converted Long Grain (still used 2 cups)

Essentially, you brown the sausage and onion, then add all the other stuff, and cook (covered) for 15-20 minutes. I added some chili powder and Mrs. Dash Spicy Blend to round off the seasoning. Add a salad (we did a blueberry poppyseed deal that I threw together), and you've got a full meal! Actually, now we have enough leftovers for the next few days, and I will probably even eat them. Next time I make this, I'll probably cut the recipe in half, similar to my stovetop lasagna.

Finally, an "easy" recipe that really was easy, and I had the food at home, AND only took 45 minutes from start to finish. Thank you, Yahoo! Anybody want some leftovers?



Luna said...

That does sound good. And please explain the blueberry poppyseed salad!

Schmiddy said...

This so does NOT sound good. Lol.