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Creole Louisiana Jambalaya

Creole Louisiana Jambalaya

I’m all about the easy and some folks call Louisiana the Big Easy, so today I’m sharing my Creole Louisiana Jambalaya made with Tony Chachere’s Creole Jambalaya Mix. It’s a pretty easy one pot dish but made differently from the directions on the box. I add a little extra. Back home we call that lagniappe. Bon appétit!

Creole Louisiana Jambalaya

Ingredients

  • 1 12 oz Family Size box Tony Chachere’s Creole Jambalaya Mix
  • cooking oil (vegetable or olive oil)
  • cayenne
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • ¼ cup green onion, diced
  • ½ lb. smoked sausage (pork or beef), coin sliced
  • ½ pound large shrimp (31-40 count)
  • ½ lb. ham slice, cubed 3 ¾ cups water
  • Louisiana Creole seasoning:
    • ½ tsp cayenne
    • 1 tsp paprika
    • ½ tsp dried oregano
    • ½ tsp dried thyme
    • 1 tbsp dried garlic powder
    • ½ tsp black pepper
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • ½ tsp onion powder

Directions:

1. Peel and devein shrimp. Season with Louisiana Creole Seasoning. Set aside.

2. In a 4 or 5-quart Dutch oven, sauté yellow onion in oil.

3. In the same pot, brown sausage and ham. Transfer all to a bowl. Set aside.

4. Add 1 12 oz. box of Tony Chachere’s Creole Jambalaya Mix to the pot and 3 ¾ cups water. Stir until well blended.

5. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes until rice is cooked. Most of the water will evaporate.

6. Add meat, seasoned shrimp, and green onion. Cook about another 10 minutes until shrimp are cooked.

7. Add butter, mix well. Add more Creole seasoning and or cayenne to taste.

Easy Peasy Crescent Roll King Cake

Easy Peasy Crescent Roll King Cake

This year I’m sharing an easy peasy crescent rolls king cake recipe.

When it was time to make a king cake this year, I couldn’t find Pillsbury Dough Sheets, so this was an opportunity to figure out how to make a king cake with crescent rolls. The stores said they had the inventory, but not enough employees to keep the shelves stocked. YIKES. It takes a little more skill, but it’s still easy peasy!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cans Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
  • cinnamon sugar mix: ½ c. granulated sugar + 2 tbsp cinnamon 
  • plastic king cake baby (to hide inside, of course!)
  • purple, green, & gold sugar sprinkles
  • 1 can Pillsbury Cream Cheese Icing or make your own

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 375 °F (190 °C).
  2. Grease a pizza pan or cover with parchment paper. (Easily transfers to a serving dish using parchment paper.)
  3. Mix the cinnamon and sugar.
  4. Unroll one can of crescent rolls and separate into 8 triangles. Arrange the triangles, slightly overlapping all sides into a half circle with tips pointed toward the center.

5. Finish the circle by laying the triangles from the second can.

6. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mix around the middle of the dough.

7. Pull the narrow part of the triangle from the center toward the widest part.

8. Pull the widest part of the triangle from the end toward the center.

9. Bake 25 minutes or until golden brown.

  10. While the cake is in the oven, read THE KING CAKE BABY. Don’t let your baby run away!

Decorate the King Cake

1. Soften ½ can of Pillsbury Cream Cheese icing or make a cream cheese icing using the recipe below.

Cream cheese icing:

  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 4oz cream cheese, softened
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract  
  • 3 tablespoons milk

2. Hide one plastic king cake baby in the cake’s underside.

3. While the cake is still warm, pour icing on top.

4. Top with sugar sprinkles, alternating purple, green colors.

5. Before eating, check your piece to see if you got the baby!

And check out my post on how to host an Easy Peasy King Cake Party with pictures.

Bon appétit!

Recipe: Pan-seared Parmesan-Panko Rockfish

Recipe: Pan-seared Parmesan-Panko Rockfish

My father-in-law was an avid fisherman. Every year, he traveled to his fishing camp in Alaska. When my husband and son visited, they fished, too, and brought back King or Sockeye Salmon, Halibut, and Rockfish. Fresh Alaskan fish is so yummy!

After he passed, my boys took Grandpa on one last trip, to spread his ashes on the land he enjoyed, near the river where he fished. Although salmon was his favorite, I think Grandpa would have loved this recipe I am sharing today.

Alaskan Rockfish

Pan Fried Parmesan-Panko Rockfish

Ingredients:

  • 2 8-ounce Rockfish filets
  • 1 cup panko
  • ¾ cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • ¼ cup parsley, chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons Mayo
  • salt & pepper
  • garlic powder
  • cayenne pepper
  • vegetable oil for frying

Directions:

  1. Pat rockfish filets with paper towels to dry. This will help the wet mixture cling to the fish.
  2. Mix the first three dry ingredients in a bowl: panko, Parmesan, and parsley.
  3. Mix the wet ingredients in a bowl: egg, mayo, and Dijon mustard.
  4. Season fish with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper.
  5. Dip filets in the wet mix, then dredge in the dry mixture.
  6. Add oil to a skillet to about 1/4 inch deep. Heat on medium-high.
  7. Fry each filet about 2 minutes on each side.

Easy Peasy King Cake Party!

Easy Peasy King Cake Party!

Easy Peasy Pillsbury King Cake

Easy Peasy Pillsbury King Cake

Happy Almost Mardi Gras! Every January 6th kicks off the official king cake season and Carnival. I wrote a guest post, ‘Tis the season of King Cakes, over at Charlotte Riggle’s blog for all you food and culture buffs. 

Today I want to share another easy king cake recipe. The recipe in my book, THE KING CAKE BABY, uses frozen bread dough with a cinnamon-sugar filling and includes a recipe for making a Cream Cheese icing. In this recipe, I use three Pillsbury Crescent Dough Sheets, the cinnamon-sugar mix, colored sugar sprinkles, and a can of Pillsbury Cream Cheese icing. Easy peasy! The only thing easier than making this king cake is picking one up at your favorite grocery or bakery.

Pillsbury Crescent Dough Sheet King Cake Recipe

 Ingredients:

  • 3 Pillsbury Crescent Dough Sheets
  • cinnamon sugar mix: ½ c. granulated sugar + 2 tablespoons cinnamon 
  • 1 plastic king cake baby (to hide inside, of course!)
  • purple, green, & gold sugar sprinkles
  • 1 can Pillsbury Cream Cheese Icing or make your own 

Directions:

Heat oven to 375 °F (190 °C).

Roll each dough sheet from the shortest side of the rectangle. 

Arrange into an oval shape. Press seams together to connect. Bake 20-25 minutes.

Decorate the King Cake

Soften ½ can of Pillsbury Cream Cheese icing. Have purple, green, gold sprinkles handy.

While the cake is still warm, pour icing on top. Alternate with purple, green and gold colored Mardi Gras sprinkles.

If you prefer to make your own icing:

Cream-Cheese Icing

3 cups powdered sugar

4 ounces cream cheese, softened

3 tablespoons melted butter

¼ teaspoon vanilla or almond extract

3 tablespoons milk

Mix all five ingredients in a bowl. The icing should be thick enough to slowly drip from a whisk or spoon. Drizzle over the warm cake.

Hide a plastic King Cake Baby in the underside of the cake. Before eating, check to see if you got the baby! 

Click Mardi Gras King Cake from Pillsbury Dough Sheets to download the recipe.

And if any of you need a gluten free recipe, see this Red Mill cinnamon roll recipe.