Archive for May 2010

Cajun Jambalaya

May 16, 2010

This was really, really good. I used 1/3 of the cayenne pepper, used a milder sausage, and omitted the hot sauce. It turned out mild with a slight bite. Probably could have used more heat. It serves three.

The secret is to use halved lemons during the cooking process.  Halve them and squeeze some of the juice from each into the jambalaya about 1/2 way through the cooking process.  Leave the lemons in until just before serving (also remove the bay leaves then).


Tamale Pie

May 9, 2010

Tamale Pie
from The Gourmet Slow Cooker by Lynn Alley

1 Tbs cumin seed
2 lbs lean ground beef
1 yellow onion, finely chopped
2 Tbs chili powder
2 Tbs coarse-ground cornmeal (e.g. polenta)
1-14.5 oz can crushed tomatoes
1 c fresh or frozen corn kernels
1 c canned pitted black olives, halved
1 c shredded sharp cheddar cheese

1 c cornmeal (use up to half coarse-ground)
1 c all-purpose flour (or rice flour)
¼ c sugar
1½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
2 Tbs vegetable oil
2 eggs
1 c buttermilk