Wednesday, June 20, 2012
The "I beat Rachel Ray Jambalaya".
You will need: to have done several things before hand 1. make mock chicken stock powder (link below for powder mix recipe) 2. have sausages on hand, either freshly made or thawed. See end of post.
2 cups rice, any kind.
1 TBL olive oil (Rachel calls for EVOO because I think she just likes to type that... but everyone knows you don't use EVOO over high heats...)
1 TBL vegan butter
3-4 andouille or chorizo style vegan sausages, diced. oh man, I don't know if I ever wrote about them...stay tuned.
1 medium onion, diced
2 ribs celery, diced
1 green bell pepper, or red, or some of each as I prefer, diced
1 bay leaf, fresh or dried.
Several drops hot sauce or a pinch or two cayenne pepper (optional, unless your kids have been really
naughty that day, then totally surprise them with a 5 alarm dinner)
3 TBL all purpose flour
1 14oz can diced tomatoes, fire roasted are good
14 oz mock chicken stock (click)
1 to 1.5 tsp cumin
1.5 to 2 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp crushed dried rosemary
1/4 tsp dried sage
1/4 tsp crushed dried thyme
A pinch each of oregano, basil, garlic powder
1 tsp vegan Worcestershire sauce
Coarse salt and fresh ground pepper for serving
Sliced scallions as garnish
Extra veggies for the side- optional, but who doesn't need more veggies?
Crusty bread- totally mandatory. absolutely forbidden. Sometimes I feel like I'm becoming 'the man' saying
things like "Optional." I have enough faith in anyone who might stumble across this or any of the recipes I post to know that cayenne pepper is optional. DUH. But you never know I guess, some people really don't know.
Here's how you make it:
1. get the rice going
2. in a large, deep skillet, heat up the olive oil and butter over medium to medium high heat. Add the diced sausages and let them brown a bit for a few minutes, stirring here and there.
3. Add to the sausage your onion, celery, bell peppers, bay leaf, and hot sauce or cayenne.
4. cook veggies for about 5 minutes til softening, then sprinkle the flour over and stir. cook one more minute. Add tomatoes, chicken mock stock, all your spices and herbs, and worcestershire sauce. bring everything to a simmer and let thicken for 5 min or so. If it doesn't thicken enough for your liking, dissolve about a TBL cornstarch into 1-2 TBL cold water and then stir into jambalaya. problem solved.
5. At some point I grilled the zucchini and squash in the picture, I don't know when. And I also made garlic toast at some point.
6. Scoop rice, top with Jambalaya, scallions, then you know, eat. I like to add chipotle hot sauce into it, since I rarely put in any cayenne anymore during cooking. Sofie's been pretty good lately. Have some vegan Sour Cream on hand if you did add spicy stuff. It's only funny for the first bite, then you can seriously create some long term distrust of dinner foods.
Don't have any sausages to use?? sucks. Here's the basics for Andouille (my favorite):
(click for "simple italian sausage" recipe)