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Cajun Black-Eyed Pea Jambalaya

Course Main Course
Cuisine Cajun
Keyword one-pot meal

Ingredients

  • ½ stick butter, melted
  • ½ - 1 pound sausage of choice, sliced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 15-ounce can black-eyed peas, drained
  • 1 14-ounce can beef broth or beef consomme
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½-1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1.5 cups rice, raw

Instructions

RICE COOKER:

  1. IF YOU'RE JUST TOSSING EVERYTHING INTO THE POT, SKIP TO STEP 2!

    For those of you who want to engage in a little Maillard reaction, get a pan heated up over medium-high heat. Slice your sausage to whatever size you like. I like to diced some and slice some. It's up to you.

    When the pan is hot, add in your sausage and brown for 3-5 minutes. Add in the onion and pepper, saute for another 3-5 minutes, or however long it takes you to get some brown loveliness on your sausage. While your sausage is doing its thing, melt the ½ stick of butter in the microwave.

  2. This is step 2, so everyone join in: Place the sausage and veg mixture in your rice cooker. Add in all the other ingredients. Stir about. Set your rice cooker to cook.

    After the rice cooker finishes the cooking cycle, let it sit without opening it, for 10 minutes. This is important so don't get antsy. Once the 10 minutes has passed, open up, fluff up the rice and serve. Enjoy!

INSTANT POT:

  1. IF YOU'RE JUST TOSSING EVERYTHING IN THE POT, SKIP TO STEP 2!

    For those of you who want to engage in a little Marillard reaction, turn your pressure cooker on to the browning/saute setting.

    Slice your sausage to whatever size you like. I like to diced some and slice some. It's up to you.

    When the pot is hot, add in your sausage and brown for 3-5 minutes. Add in the onion and pepper, saute for another 3-5 minutes, or however long it takes you to get some brown loveliness on your sausage. Turn the pot off. Push the veggies and sausage over to the sides and toss the stick of butter in the middle. Let the butter melt.

  2. Step 2: Add in the beef broth and deglaze, get the brown bits off the bottom. Make sure you get all that goodness off the bottom or you may not come to pressure. Add in all the remaining ingredients. Give it a stir. Add 2 tablespoons of water if you like a "wetter" rice. I like it without the extra water, but I'm used to rice cooker rice. You do you.

    Set your pressure cooker to the rice setting. My Instant Pot cooks it on low pressure. Just use your rice setting and go with it. Once cook time is over, let it sit in the pot for 10 minutes. Don't peak. Have patience.

    Release any remaining steam, open the lid and stir. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Just a couple of quick notes.  Use regular rice.  Don't use instant rice in this or those bags of pre-cooked rice.  It will not work. 

Also, I like andouille or just smoked sausage in this, but you can use whatever sausage tickles your fancy.