Jambalaya in the Nesco

Recipes in this PostJambalaya

In the midst of the last move, I forgot to close out the old gas bill. When I called to turn on the gas in the new place, no one mentioned it, and I still didn’t think about it. Then, I get this nasty letter from the gas company saying that they are going to turn off my gas in the new place if I don’t immediately pay the old bill, and that I have to call a certain phone number when I make the payment. To make sure that the payment is properly recorded, I went to the local gas company on July 2, 2013 and paid the bill in person. Then I called the special number at about 3:30pm and got a recorded message that the gas company was open from 8:00am to 5:15pm. I figured all the lines were busy, so I waited a few minutes and called again, and still got the same recording. I figured that in the information age, the payment would be recorded and all would be well.

I was wrong. When I got home yesterday, Monday, July 8, 2013, Spane and I were hungry, so I started dinner early, at 4:30. I chopped the vegetables, cut the meat, put butter in the pan, turned the knob – and ……. nothing. No gas. I called the gas company, the special number and again was told that the office was open from 8:00am to 5:15pm, a full 45 minutes before the office was supposed to close. When calling the regular number, I got a nice woman who I kept on apologizing to because I was so mad, and she said the gas would be turned back on tomorrow, Wednesday, July 10, 2013 between 8:00am and 5:00pm, and to make sure that all pets were secure and gates open. I chuckled and said, “Humph, you didn’t seem to have any problems turning it off, did you?”

That meant that today, I don’t have gas. I have been on the phone with them, and have asked for a supervisor. I’m still waiting for a call back, but I’m not waiting anymore to make dinner. I have a small Nesco, and I’m going to make my Jambalaya in it. This is one of the reasons I have this wonderful roaster oven, so I can cook no matter what.

My recipe for Jambalaya follows, I have more recipes for foods perfect for the Nesco.

Recipe: Jambalaya

Summary: Making Jambalaya at home is very simple, especially in the Nesco

Mis en Place

Mis en Place

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup sweet bell peppers, sliced (I use the frozen ones)
  • 1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon chicken base
  • water
  • Creole Seasoning
  • 3/4 cup rice
  • 1 Polska Kielbasa, sliced
  • Sour Cream for garnish

Instructions

  1. Heat the Nesco to 400 degrees.
  2. Drain the tomatoes into a measuring cup. Set the tomatoes aside.
  3. Add enough hot water to the tomato juice to make up 1 1/2 cups of liquid.
  4. Add the chicken base to the liquid, and stir to combine. Set aside.
  5. Put the butter in the bottom of the well, and put the well into the Nesco.
  6. Add the garlic, onions and peppers. Don’t worry if it all looks like a mess, it will cook up nicely.
    Vegetables in the Nesco well

    Vegetables in the Nesco well

  7. Stir the vegetables occasionally and cook them until they are soft, about 10 minutes.
    Vegetables cooked

    Vegetables cooked

  8. Reduce the temperature to 275.
  9. Add the Creole seasoning, and the rice. Stir to coat the rice with the spice and vegetables.
    Rice added to vegetables

    Rice added to vegetables

  10. Add the tomatoes, liquid and sausage.
  11. Cook, covered, until the rice is soft, about 25 minutes. Turn the Nesco off.
  12. Serve with a dollop of sour cream for garnish.

Quick notes

Of course, you can easily make this in a deep pan on the stove top.

Variations

You can add any kind of cooked meat you have, or add shrimp in the last five minutes of cooking so they do not overcook.

JambalayaPreparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 35 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 4

Culinary tradition: USA (Southern)

My rating 5 stars:  ★★★★★ 1 review(s)

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Recipe by Adrienne Boswell.
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Recipe: Creole Seasoning

Summary: This is salt free

Creole Seasoning

Creole Seasoning

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Instructions

  1. Mix all the ingredients together in a mortar and pestle. This will make enough seasoning for 1 dish.

Quick notes

If you don’t have a mortar and pestle, use a small food processor. If you want to make a bigger batch, increase the ingredients proportionately.

Variations

You can increase the cayenne if you want it spicier.

Preparation time: 1 minute(s)

Cooking time:

Number of servings (yield): 1

Culinary tradition: USA (Southern)

My rating 5 stars:  ★★★★★ 1 review(s)

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Recipe by Adrienne Boswell.
Microformatting by hRecipe.

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