Laissez les bons temps rouler!
Let’s practice our Cajun French, our Louisianaise if you will, even if it doesn’t exactly kowtow to traditional rules of French grammar.
Because we’re going to Let the Good Times Roll, no matter what language we say it in. So say it with me: “less-say lay bohn tomh roo-lay.”
Roll that r, start the party, make merry, and let the good times roll!
Why are we rolling with the good times? It’s the season of Carnival in New Orleans, which has been in full swing with parades and revelry during the past several weeks. It all leads up to Mardi Gras — the final day of feasting and fun, aka Fat Tuesday, which this year is Feb. 28. It is always on the last day before Ash Wednesday, when Lent begins. The idea is to eat rich, fatty foods before fasting for Lent.
And any Mardi Gras feast worth its green, purple and gold strings of beads will include the signature dish jambalaya, a New Orleans tradition. A meal in itself, jambalaya traditionally starts by sautéing a “holy trinity” of vegetables (celery, green bell peppers and onions), browning a variety of meats and/or seafood (chicken, sausages, pork, crayfish, shrimp), and adding seasonings, broth and rice for a final cook. When the rice is done, the jambalaya is ready.
It you’re thinking “paella,” you’re not far off track, because jambalaya had its origins in rice-based dishes in the Mediterranean countries of Spain and France, and it’s often thought of as New Orleans’ own version of paella with evolutionary influences from French, Spanish, Caribbean and African cuisines.
It’s party food — humble, fun and filling — and is endlessly adaptable to what you have on hand or would like to include.
Did someone say “adaptable” ? That’s music to my ears. You don’t have to ask me twice to tweak something. Tweaking is my middle name! (No, not twerking…get your mind out of the gutter in the French Quarter.)
I decided to do a quasi-Hawaiian spin on my jambalaya by fruiting it up with pineapple and mango, and I used a handy jambalaya rice mix to help me get dinner on the table in about 30 minutes. Even those of us living outside of Louisiana can feel a part of the party on Tuesday.
Laissez les bons temps rouler! The party starts here!
Today our Sunday Supper tastemakers are celebrating Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday. Join us!
This week’s Sunday Supper recipes
- Andouille and Crawfish Pimento Cheese Fries by Soulfully Made
- Hot Louisiana Shrimp Dip by Sprinkles and Sprouts
- Mardi Gras Muffaletta Dip by For the Love of Food
- Piquant Shrimp Balls by Food Lust People Love
- Trinidadian doubles by Caroline’s Cooking
- Andouille and Chicken Gumbo by Delaware Girl Eats
- Bananas Foster French Toast by A Mind “Full” Mom
- Bananas Foster Baked Oatmeal by Cooking With Carlee
- Blackened Shrimp Pasta by Seduction in the Kitchen
- Cajun Courtbouillon by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
- Cajun Pasta Carnivale by Palatable Pastime
- Chicken and Shrimp Gumbo by The Freshman Cook
- Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta by Wholistic Woman
- Creole Beef and Rice Bowls by Renee’s Kitchen Adventures
- Easy Shrimp and Grits Recipe by Life Tastes Good
- Gluten Free Gumbo by Cricket’s Confections
- Gumbo Z’herbes by Monica’s Table
- Hawaiian Jambalaya by Shockingly Delicious
- Overnight Muffuletta Sandwich by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- Slow Cooker Jambalaya by The Crumby Cupcake
- Spicy Jambalaya Flatbread by My Life Cookbook
- Tenderloin Grillades with Cheesy Grits by A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Vegetarian Muffaletta Sandwich by Hardly A Goddess
- Creole Potato Salad by Cosmopolitan Cornbread
- Easy Buttermilk Cornbread by The Wimpy Vegetarian
- Muffaletta Wedge Salad by Shaken Together
- New Orleans Brandy Milk Punch by Tara’s Multicultural Table
- Not So Dirty Rice by Simple and Savory
- Red Beans and Rice by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Bananas Foster by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Basic Bread Pudding by What Smells So Good?
- Bourbon Vanilla Cherries Jubilee by Pies and Plots
- Mardi Gras Cheese Ball by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Easy Mini King Cake Bites by Family Around The Table
- New Orleans Mardi Gras Beignets by Big Bear’s Wife
- Pecan Praline Cookies by Sunday Supper Movement
- Traditional Mardi Gras King Cake by Curious Cuisiniere
- White Chocolate-Raspberry Bread Pudding by Gourmet Everyday
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