As you all know - I'm trying to cook more. Sometimes though - cooking = semi-homemade ala Sandra Lee. Around Christmas I went to one of those shows at the Duke Energy Center with holiday crap and it kinda sucked. The only thing I left with were these mixes from CaJohns Fiery Foods.CaJohns is based out of Westerville, OH (near Columbus) and mostly sells hot sauces but if you find their "mixes" page you'll see the selection!
They had samples at the show which were delicious so I bought 2 of the etouffee and one jambalaya. It's great because there's not much to add - chicken, chicken broth and butter is about it - at a minimum but you can always add more if you like.
TIP: Something I've been doing lately is once every couple of weeks I boil 5-6 chicken breasts (typically the frozen ones) and then shred them up and put them in a big ziploc. Then whenever I have something like this come up - I have the meat all ready to go.
This also called for smoked sausage/kielbasa - we didn't have any of that but had italian sausage so I used that instead. I cooked that up, then threw in the chicken to heat it up.
Once it all comes to a boil - you then turn the heat off, cover it and let it sit for 20+ minutes or so. Then - voila - Jambalaya!
As with many dishes, this is almost better the next day - the rice had more time to soak up the juices. Most of these recipes call for an entire stick of butter - so healthy? Well maybe not. But there's no cheese!
I look forward to stumbling across CaJohns again so I can get more of these mixes. And hey - next time you're at one of those shows - make sure and stop and taste the food - quick dinner mixes are a good thing!