I had just written this down for a friend recently and knew I would end up sharing it with you all. Now Jambalaya is a Cajun dish and it would likely make a better theme for a matchup with the New Orleans Saints. But the Broncos won't be playing them this season and this is a party food. The Broncos are going to win this week right? They are going to begin a winning streak right? In that case, we will want to celebrate like it's Mardi Gras. a victory over the division rival Oakland Raiders demands it!
Now just because this is an indoor suggestion, don't take it to mean you can't have this at your own Tailgate party. I know plenty of people down in Louisiana that do most of their cooking outdoors. So don't let that deter you, fire up the grill and let's get cooking.
- 2 Boneless, skinless Chicken Breasts, chopped into 3/4" cubes
- 2 Cups Smoked Sausage (Andouille is good, but about 1/2 of a Hillshire Farms link will work). Slit the Sausage in half length-wise and then chop into bite-size pieces.
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 1 cup chopped celery (I peel mine before chopping)
- 1 cup chopped Green Bell Pepper
- 1 cup peeled, chopped tomatoes
- 1/2 cup tomato sauce
- 3 cups chicken stock
- 1 1/2 cups uncooked rice
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 Bay leaves
- 2 teaspoons Creole seasoning, (Cajun seasoning such as Cajun Magic will work too)
- 1/2 teaspoon Thyme
- 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- Hot sauce (Tabasco) to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper (optional)
- 1 Tablespoon Black Pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon Salt
- 2-3 green onions (scallions), chopped (for garnish)
- vegetable oil (for browning meat)
- 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 stick butter
The Broncos don't play until the afternoon, so you will have just enough time to fix this dish. In fact grab some help and cut the prep time in half.