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Jambalaya

James and I met the nicest family while fishing at Taneycomo in Branson, Missouri. On the first day, Percy didn’t hesitate to share his fishing spot and tackle. Saved us a ton of time. We spend half the week just finding the fish. We fished everyday and got our limit almost daily.

Percy and his family were staying in the cabins next to us. One day we were drawn outside by the most wonderful smell. I am all about cooking, and when I found out he was from Baton Rouge, Louisiana I knew he was someone I could learn from.

Jambalaya was on the menu today. I found out that he has competed with his recipe and he knew all the “ins and outs” about it. I’m still listening, taking pictures and soaking it all in.

Percy starts by browning the meat until it is tender and cuts easy
Once you add the water, taste for seasonings. The color of the water will be the color of the rice- nice and brown.
Once the rice is added, the Jambalaya is stirred until it starts to thicken.
Reduce the fire to low and put a lid on the pot.
Percy is a true Cajun, understanding the importance of developing flavor by browning, scraping and deglazing.

I wasn’t there for the finished product, but we got a large plate later and it was so good- simple yet full of flavor. And i learned about the rice that browns and sticks on the bottom of the pan that a lot of people like. I loved it, it adds to the texture and flavor of the dish.

His recipe serves 12, so I halved it for you and surprisingly, it turned out great! Enjoy and thanks Percy for sharing.

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Jambalaya

Course Main Course
Cuisine Cajun
Keyword Boston butt, rice, sausage
Servings 9
Author Percy Brown

Equipment

  • Bayou cast iron pot with lid
  • large paddle for stirring
  • outdoor fish fryer

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds long grain white rice (can use parboiled rice)
  • 6 pounds meat (4 lbs. Boston butt & 2 lbs. smoked sausage)
  • 6 cups water (a little under 1 gallon per 5# of rice if doing a bigger pot)
  • 4 pounds chopped yellow onions
  • 7 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 5 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • Hot sauce to taste

Instructions

  • Slice smoked sausage into about 1” slices and cube the Boston butt into about 2” cubes
  • Pour the vegetable oil into a black iron pot
  • Heat the oil up in the black iron pot then add the cubed Boston butt
  • Brown the Boston butt until it is tender and you can cut it with a spoon (make sure that you do not burn the meat so you will need to do a lot of stirring while it is browning)
  • Once the Boston butt is good and brown, remove it and put it into a separate pan then put the sausage in and brown the sausage then remove and set into a pan.
  • After removing the sausage, scoop out the remaining oil in the pot and put the chopped onions in.
  • Brown the onions until they are a caramel color and tender. When you stir the onions make sure that you get the residue off the side of the pot that the meat left behind, you can use a little water to help by pouring it around the sides.
  • Once the onions are browned and tender add the pork and sausage then stir together.
  • Add water and seasoning in with the meat and onions. This is when you want to taste it and add more ingredients if you need to. The color of the water will be the same color of your rice when it is finished.
  • Bring the water to a rolling boil and dump the rice in. Stir the rice in the boiling water until it starts to thicken.
  • Reduce your fire to low and put the lid on the pot
  • Remove the lid and flip the rice about every 15 minutes until the rice is tender. (Try not to scrape the bottom of the pot when flipping the rice)
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Jambalaya Half recipe

Course Main Course
Cuisine Cajun
Keyword Boston butt, rice, sausage
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 6
Author Percy Brown

Equipment

  • cast iron Dutch oven with lid

Ingredients

  • 1 pound long grain white rice can use parboiled rice
  • 3 pounds meat 2# Boston butt &1# smoked sausage
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 pounds chopped yellow onions
  • 3 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • Hot sauce to taste

Instructions

  • Slice smoked sausage into about 1” slices and cube the Boston butt into about 2” cubes
  • Pour the vegetable oil into a black iron pot
  • Heat the oil up in the black iron pot then add the cubed Boston butt
  • Brown the Boston butt until it is tender and you can cut it with a spoon (make sure that you do not burn the meat so you will need to do a lot of stirring while it is browning)
  • Once the Boston butt is good and brown, remove it and put it into a separate pan then put the sausage in and brown the sausage then remove and set into a pan.
  • After removing the sausage, scoop out the remaining oil in the pot and put the chopped onions in.
  • Brown the onions until they are a caramel color and tender. When you stir the onions make sure that you get the residue off the side of the pot that the meat left behind, you can use a little water to help by pouring it around the sides.
  • Once the onions are browned and tender add the pork and sausage then stir together.
  • Add water and seasoning in with the meat and onions. This is when you want to taste it and add more ingredients if you need to. The color of the water will be the same color of your rice when it is finished.
  • Bring the water to a rolling boil and dump the rice in. Stir the rice in the boiling water until it starts to thicken.
  • Reduce your fire to low and put the lid on the pot
  • Remove the lid and flip the rice about every 15 minutes until the rice is tender. (Try not to scrape the bottom of the pot when flipping the rice)

This site contains affiliate links to products. I may receive a commission for purchases made through these links, at no cost to you. Products are examples of what I own or what I recommend in order to help you make the best choice for you. The first four items are similar to what Percy used for the 12 cup recipe. I halved the recipe and used a dutch oven as shown in the last picture. Thank you for your support.

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    Cuisine Mexican
    Keyword cheese, flour tortilla, hamburger meat
    Servings 4 people

    Ingredients

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    • 2 lb. ground beef
    • 4 flour tortillas 10 in.
    • 1/4 cup salsa
    • 1 /2 tsp. Chili powder
    • 2 tsp. Cumin
    • green/red peppers onions, mushrooms, etc. (as desired)

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      Course Main Course
      Cuisine Italian
      Keyword heavy cream, meat sauce, pasta
      Servings 4
      Author Sarah Stevens

      Equipment

      • Veggetti for making squash pasta

      Ingredients

      • 1 small yellow onion chopped
      • 1 lb. lean ground beef
      • Black pepper ground fresh from mill
      • ½ tsp red pepper flakes
      • 1 cup skim milk
      • ½ cup red wine
      • 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
      • Salt to taste
      • 1 T pesto or Italian Seasonings to taste
      • 1 packet of Truvia Sweetner or 1 T sugar
      • Cooked Zucchini Pasta or regular cooked spaghetti
      • Grated Parmesan Cheese

      Instructions

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      • Add the milk and let it simmer until it has evaporated completely. Stir frequently.
      • Add the wine and simmer until evaporated. Stir frequently. Add the tomatoes and stir well. Add pesto and sweetener and salt to taste. When the sauce begins to bubble, turn down heat and simmer for at least 30 minutes or up to 3 hours to develop flavor. Add ½ cup water if necessary to prevent sticking.
      • Serve over Penne Pasta or Zucchini Pasta made with a Veggeti and topped with Parmesan Cheese

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      • Make zucchini pasta with Veggetti using one zucchini per person.
      • Place in pasta bowl and microwave for one minute or until desired doneness.
      • Serve Bolognese Sauce over zucchini.

      Notes

      Notes: Milk protects from acidic bite of tomatoes.
      Evaporating the wine retains the flavor but not the alcohol. Can substitute cooking wine but be sure to reduce salt.

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        Taco Soup

        Course Main Course
        Cuisine Mexican
        Keyword cherry tomatoes, corn meal, ground beef, Ranch Beans, Veg-All
        Author Bootsie Eakin

        Ingredients

        • 2 to 3 pounds ground beef
        • 1 large onion chopped
        • 1 large green pepper chopped
        • 3 tablespoons chili powder
        • salt and pepper to taste
        • 1 14 oz. Can cream style corn
        • 1 14 oz. Can Ranch Style Beans
        • 1 28 oz. Can tomatoes
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          Course Main Course
          Cuisine Italian
          Keyword cheese, cherry tomatoes, pasta
          Total Time 30 minutes
          Servings 4
          Author Sarah Stevens

          Equipment

          • sheet pan
          • pasta pan

          Ingredients

          • 4 cups cherry tomatoes
          • 1/2 onion chopped
          • 1 clove garlic minced
          • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes optional or may use a shake
          • olive oil
          • salt and pepper to taste
          • 1 pound pasta I used rotini
          • 1 tablespoon salt
          • 8 leaves fresh basil chopped
          • 1 cup Asiago cheese grated
          • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese grated

          Instructions

          • Cover a sheet pan with foil. Add tomatoes, onion, garlic, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Add a swirl of olive oil and toss. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
          • Start a pot of water with 1 tablespoon of salt to boil for pasta.
          • Place tomatoes in oven to roast while cooking pasta. Chop basil and grate cheeses.
          • When pasta water is boiling, add pasta and cook for 9 minutes.
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