March 07, 2003


Scouring the kitchen turned up a few items that needed using, and I was waiting on the little man to replace my hot water heater, so a one pot meal it was to be:

- 2 homemade smoked sausage links, diced
- 2 shallots, minced fine
- 1 stalk celery, minced fine
- should have had some bell pepper, but I didn't
- 1 C white rice, uncooked
- 1 1/2 C tomato puree
- 1 C beef stock
- 1/2 C white wine
- 1 tsp wochestershire sauce
- a few shots of hot sauce
- 1 tsp thyme
- salt and pepper
- 8 medium shrimp, cut into pieces and coated in cajun spice mix

I sauteed the sausage in butter, then removed it from the pan and sauteed the veg in the remaining fat. Returned the sausage to the pan and added the rice. Once fully coated in the fat, I added all of the liquid/spice ingredients and brought it to a boil. Reduced the heat to low and covered. I let it cook about 20 minutes -- the rice wasn't quite done -- then let it go another 5. Added in the shrimp, stirred, turned off the heat, recovered the pot, and let the shrimp cook in the residual heat.

I'd forgotten how nice the spice/tomato flavor works here. The tossing of the shrimp in the spice was also a good idea -- it made them taste different than the rest of the dish and stand out.

This was easily enough food for two, so I'm thinking of using the leftovers in some kind of clever stuffing. Maybe chicken so that I can have pork, shrimp, and fowl all in one handy dish.

Posted by dowdy at March 7, 2003 09:02 AM