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Mardi Gras: A celebration of New Orleans flavors

Posted: February 16, 2010 9:47 p.m.
Updated: February 17, 2010 4:55 a.m.
The Big Easy JambalayaPrep Time: 15 minutesCook Time: 35 minutesMakes 8 (1-cup) servings1     tablespoon olive oil1     cup chopped onion2     bell peppers (preferably one yellow and one green), diced1     can (14.5 ounces) fire roasted diced tomatoes, undrained3/4     cup water1     package (8 ounces) Zatarain’s Reduced Sodium Jambalaya Mix1     package (12 ounces) fully cooked smoked andouille sausage, sliced1     pound peeled and    deveined uncooked large shrimp, thawed if frozen1/4     cup chopped parsley (optional)1.    Heat oil in large deep skillet or 5-quart Dutch oven on medium heat. Add onion and bell peppers; cook and stir 7 minutes or until vegetables begin to soften. 2.    Stir in tomatoes, water and Jamba­laya Mix. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and simmer 15 minutes. 3.    Stir in shrimp and sausage. Cover and cook 10 minutes longer or just until shrimp turn pink and rice and vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally. 4. Remove from heat. Let stand 5 minutes.Sprinkle with parsley, if desired. The Big Easy JambalayaPrep Time: 15 minutesCook Time: 35 minutesMakes 8 (1-cup) servings1     tablespoon olive oil1     cup chopped onion2     bell peppers (preferably one yellow and one green), diced1     can (14.5 ounces) fire roasted diced tomatoes, undrained3/4     cup water1     package (8 ounces) Zatarain’s Reduced Sodium Jambalaya Mix1     package (12 ounces) fully cooked smoked andouille sausage, sliced1     pound peeled and    deveined uncooked large shrimp, thawed if frozen1/4     cup chopped parsley (optional)1.    Heat oil in large deep skillet or 5-quart Dutch oven on medium heat. Add onion and bell peppers; cook and stir 7 minutes or until vegetables begin to soften. 2.    Stir in tomatoes, water and Jamba­laya Mix. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and simmer 15 minutes. 3.    Stir in shrimp and sausage. Cover and cook 10 minutes longer or just until shrimp turn pink and rice and vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally. 4. Remove from heat. Let stand 5 minutes.Sprinkle with parsley, if desired.
<strong>The Big Easy Jambalaya</strong><br />Prep Time: 15 minutes<br />Cook Time: 35 minutes<br />Makes 8 (1-cup) servings<br /><br /><strong>1     tablespoon olive oil<br />1     cup chopped onion<br />2     bell peppers (preferably one yellow and one green), diced<br />1     can (14.5 ounces) fire roasted diced tomatoes, undrained<br />3/4     cup water<br />1     package (8 ounces) Zatarain’s Reduced Sodium Jambalaya Mix<br />1     package (12 ounces) fully cooked smoked andouille sausage, sliced<br />1     pound peeled and    deveined uncooked large shrimp, thawed if frozen<br />1/4     cup chopped parsley (optional)</strong><br /><br />1.    Heat oil in large deep skillet or 5-quart Dutch oven on medium heat. Add onion and bell peppers; cook and stir 7 minutes or until vegetables begin to soften. <br />2.    Stir in tomatoes, water and Jamba­laya Mix. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and simmer 15 minutes. <br />3.    Stir in shrimp and sausage. Cover and cook 10 minutes longer or just until shrimp turn pink and rice and vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally. <br />4. Remove from heat. <br />Let stand 5 minutes.Sprinkle with parsley, if desired. <br /><br />
Andouille Dirty RiceCourtesy of Executive Chef John Besh, Restaurant Proprietor, New OrleansPrep Time: 15 minutesCook Time: 40 minutesMakes 6 servings1 1/2 &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; tablespoons flour2 &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; tablespoons cooking oil 1/2 &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; cup finely minced onion1 &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; cup andouille sausage, removed from casing and chopped in food processor1 &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; stalk celery, finely minced1/4 &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; cup finely minced bell pepper1 &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; tablespoon minced parsley1/2 &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; cup chopped green onions1/2 &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; tablespoon minced garlic2 1/4 &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; cups chicken broth1 1&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 8-ounce box Zatarain&rsquo;s Dirty Rice Mix1/2 &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; pound chicken livers or duck livers, finely minced (optional)1. Make dark roux by combining cook&shy;ing oil and flour in heavy bottomed 6 to 8-quart saucepot, over low flame. Stir constantly using wooden spoon. 2. When roux is finished, stir in onion and allow to brown, leaving flame on low. Next, add andouille, celery, bell peppers and garlic. Add dirty rice mix and stir for five minutes to toast rice. 3. Stir in broth, allow mixture to come to a boil, cover with lid and simmer over low heat for 25 minutes4. Before serving, season with minced green onion and parsley.Note: If including chicken/duck livers, add livers and stir for an additional four minutes before adding broth. Andouille Dirty RiceCourtesy of Executive Chef John Besh, Restaurant Proprietor, New OrleansPrep Time: 15 minutesCook Time: 40 minutesMakes 6 servings1 1/2 &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; tablespoons flour2 &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; tablespoons cooking oil 1/2 &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; cup finely minced onion1 &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; cup andouille sausage, removed from casing and chopped in food processor1 &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; stalk celery, finely minced1/4 &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; cup finely minced bell pepper1 &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; tablespoon minced parsley1/2 &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; cup chopped green onions1/2 &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; tablespoon minced garlic2 1/4 &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; cups chicken broth1 1&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 8-ounce box Zatarain&rsquo;s Dirty Rice Mix1/2 &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; pound chicken livers or duck livers, finely minced (optional)1. Make dark roux by combining cook&shy;ing oil and flour in heavy bottomed 6 to 8-quart saucepot, over low flame. Stir constantly using wooden spoon. 2. When roux is finished, stir in onion and allow to brown, leaving flame on low. Next, add andouille, celery, bell peppers and garlic. Add dirty rice mix and stir for five minutes to toast rice. 3. Stir in broth, allow mixture to come to a boil, cover with lid and simmer over low heat for 25 minutes4. Before serving, season with minced green onion and parsley.Note: If including chicken/duck livers, add livers and stir for an additional four minutes before adding broth.
<p><strong>Andouille Dirty Rice</strong><br /><em>Courtesy of Executive Chef John Besh, Restaurant Proprietor, New Orleans</em><br />Prep Time: 15 minutes<br />Cook Time: 40 minutes<br />Makes 6 servings<br /><br /><strong>1 1/2     tablespoons flour<br />2     tablespoons cooking oil <br />1/2     cup finely minced onion<br />1     cup andouille sausage, removed from casing and chopped in food processor<br />1     stalk celery, finely minced<br />1/4     cup finely minced bell pepper<br />1     tablespoon minced parsley<br />1/2     cup chopped green onions<br />1/2     tablespoon minced garlic<br />2 1/4     cups chicken broth<br />1 1    8-ounce box Zatarain’s Dirty Rice Mix<br />1/2     pound chicken livers or duck livers, finely minced (optional)</strong><br /></p><p>1. Make dark roux by combining cook­ing oil and flour in heavy bottomed 6 to 8-quart saucepot, over low flame. Stir constantly using wooden spoon. <br />2. When roux is finished, stir in onion and allow to brown, leaving flame on low. Next, add andouille, celery, bell peppers and garlic. Add dirty rice mix and stir for five minutes to toast rice. <br />3. Stir in broth, allow mixture to come to a boil, cover with lid and simmer over low heat for 25 minutes<br />4. Before serving, season with minced green onion and parsley.<br />Note: If including chicken/duck livers, add livers and stir for an additional four minutes before adding broth. <br /><br /></p>
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While most people associate Mardi Gras with New Orleans, you can throw your own Fat Tuesday fest wherever you live. Let the good times roll with authentic New Orleans-style food to make your party as genuine as the Big Easy celebration. Mardi Gras is actually part of a larger celebration, Carnival, that begins 12 days after Christmas (January 6) and ends Fat Tuesday, 46 days before Easter, so the celebration can extend beyond just one day.

“While the French Quarter gets most of the attention for Mardi Gras merriment, many New Orleans families gather in their homes to celebrate with a big meal,” said John Besh, Louisiana native and nationally acclaimed chef. “For us, Mardi Gras is about three things: food, fun and family. If you have these key ingredients, any Mardi Gras celebration will be a success.”

This Mardi Gras, celebrate New Orleans-style by jazzing up your menu with popular and traditional dishes that will feed a crowd. No matter where you live, celebrate Mardi Gras with authentic New Orleans-style flavor and your guests will come dancing in. For more New Orleans-style recipes, visit www.zatarains.com.

Shrimp Boil
In New Orleans, crawfish is the boil of choice, but shrimp is another great choice available outside the Gulf Coast. Some of the fun of seafood boils is personalizing your meal by adding your favorite accompaniments such as artichokes, mushrooms, sausage, or even broccoli.

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Makes 6 to 8 servings

5     pounds shrimp
4     cups of water
1     package Zatarain’s Pro-Boil
1     package Zatarain’s Liquid Crab Boil
8     ounces pearl onions, peeled
1/2     bunch celery, chopped, aAdditional meats/vegetables of choice
1     lemon, sliced

1. Mix 4 cups water and 7 ounces Pro-Boil in an 8-quart pot.
2. Bring to boil on high heat. Stir in 1 ounce of Crab Boil, shrimp, celery and onions.
3. Cook shrimp for approximately 4 minutes or until a liquid forms between the shell and meat, and they are easy to peel.
4. Remove pot from heat, adding in ice and 2 ounces more of Pro-Boil.
5. Soak for 10 to 20 minutes, more or less depending on desired heat level.
6. Drain contents and toss with lemon slices before serving.
 

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