Sharing good food with friends is one of the simple pleasures of life. Invite friends to dinner at your home. Start an easy and unusual meal with Jambalaya Soup served in crusty Great Harvest bread bowls. Move on to Mardi Gras Gumbo from the recipe below. Finish with slices King Cake. You and your friends will have an evening long remembered.
5 ½ lbs chicken pieces
1 ½ lb andouille or other spicy pork sausage, cut into diagonal medallions (See the note below about local Joe S. sausage)
3 onions, chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 ½ cups water
1 16 oz. can of whole tomatoes, drained and chopped
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
2 cups chicken stock
2 ½ cups white rice, rinsed and drained
1 cup thinly sliced scallions
Season the chicken with pepper and salt. Brown the chicken in oil over medium heat, and remove from the pan. Reduce the heat, and then add the sausage. Brown the sausage, and place it on a paper towel after removing from the pan. Use some of the fat from the sausage to cook the onions, celery and bell peppers until the onion is caramelized. Add in the garlic last. Transfer the vegetables to an 8-quart pot, and add in the chicken, water, tomatoes, cayenne and the stock. Simmer for about 30 minutes.
For the best sausage in Albuquerque, take the drive to Joe S. Sausage on the SE corner of Rio Grande and Griegos. Call ahead (505 688-0445) 'cause Joe's hours are sometimes erratic.