February 3, 3013 the San Fransisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens are making their way to New Orleans for Super Bowl XLVII.
Because of this, you’re going to watch the game from the comfort of your couch, enjoying the comfort of your own food, yes? Well, there’s one thing you can do to help bring the action to you, and that’s capturing the essence of New Orleans in your kitchen.
So what makes good New Orleans cuisine? Lots of calories and lots of sodium, that’s for sure. It’s Louisiana’s own brand of comfort food, and it certainly is high on comfort, at least until you hit the scales the following morning. But who cares about that? Things like weight gain and a negative body image are problems for future you.
Now, about those recipes.
People from South Louisiana don’t eat casserole. They make jambalaya. The one-pot dish is the ultimate comfort food in New Orleans.
New Orleans Jambalaya
3 packages (5 ounces) saffron rice
2 tablespoons butter
5 cups water
2 boneless chicken breasts, cubed
16 ounces smoked sausage, sliced
1 large onion, chopped
1 large green pepper, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes
1 can (12 ounces) tomato paste
Boil water in a large pot, then add butter and saffron rice. Simmer until rice is done, stirring occasionally.
Meanwhile, grease a large frying pan with olive oil and cook chicken on medium heat until it is no longer pink. Remove from pan and add onions, garlic, green peppers and 1 teaspoon Creole seasoning (lessen the amount to reduce spiciness).
Cook until onions become translucent. Add sausage and cook until slices start to brown.
Pour in diced tomatoes (with juice), a few dashes of Tabasco sauce and chicken and let simmer for about 10 minutes, allowing some of the liquid to evaporate.
When rice is done, dump in the mixture from the frying pan.
Add can of tomato paste and Tabasco to taste. Allow to simmer for around 15 minutes, occasionally stirring to prevent rice from burning.
A few great places to find the necessary ingredients for this receipe are Akin’s Natural Foods Market in Bixby and Reasor’s Foods.
We will be posting more receipes daily until we reach Game Day!