Grilled Jambalaya Skewers
Last week, my husband and I attended American Mensa's Annual Gathering. It was actually our first one since 2006, and it was great to see so many friends - some that we hadn't seen since that last AG, others that we'd only known online. A great time was had by all!
They say that if you're able to function after an AG, you didn't do it right. Well, I'm pleased (?) to report that apparently we "did it right". After a week of walking from one end of our hotel complex (Reno) to the other constantly, crap food, late nights, and repeated attempts to beat our livers (and brain cells!) into submission, we returned home on Monday... almost completely nonfunctional. I'm sure that either of us could very happily sleep for a week. IT WAS GREAT!
That said, even after such an insane time, at the end of a long day of travel... I couldn't wait to get back in my kitchen. We needed REAL food, and I needed to be in control of it again. That first night back, I only really had the wherewithal to come up with a cheese pesto gluten free mac n cheese.
... but I was already brewing ideas for the coming days. This recipe is one that I was particularly excited to see through to fruition: Grilled Jambalaya Skewers.
I love Cajun food. I love the flavors, the heat, I love using "the holy trinity" (peppers, onions, celery) to start pretty much anything I can... love it. It's also pretty much the ideal comfort food, IMHO... which was a good part of why - when it came time to DO something for others in the tornado zone, I had to make a massive batch of my Jambalaya. Yum!
So, as I did some quick grocery shopping for grillables and came upon "Andouille" sausages (really just brats with Cajun seasoning), the wheels started turning. What if I made skewers from the base ingredients of jambalaya - chicken, sausage, peppers, celery, and onions (skipping shrimp, as I was feeling poor after the trip!) - and a marinade based on the seasonings I use in my jambalaya? I could serve it on a bed of... well, not actual dirty rice, that's too involved for a "quick" meal ... but a "quick" dirty rice? YES!
Oh, these grilled jambalaya skewers really hit the spot. It was quick and easy, and came together fabulously! The marinade was perfect, and grilled celery - a first for us - was sweet and delicious.
Hope you enjoy it as much as we did.
PS: While I was threading everything onto skewers, I realized that this could be considered "deconstructed jambalaya". Uuugh. Not my intent, so I want to profess my innocence! I was NOT aiming for "ridiculous and trendy" when I created this recipe! LOL!
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