Summer Jambalaya – Keeping cool while cooking hot!

natural gas grill jambalayaEven though the weather’s hot, there’s no reason you can’t cook a spicy, hot dinner that requires a lot of simmering. Just move the cooking outside to the grill to prevent heating up your house. Try this recipe for spicy jambalaya and stay cool until you take that first, delicious and hot bite.

The secret to keeping cool is to do all the cutting, chopping and measuring in your air-conditioned kitchen. Move outside to the grill for the sautéing. Then while the recipe is simmering, you go back inside to toss a salad, slice some bread and enjoy a pre-dinner beverage. By the time you are done, the jambalaya is ready to serve. Here’s the recipe. Give it a try.

Cajun Jambalaya
Serves 6

½ cup chopped onions
1 medium green bell peppers, julienne
1 medium red bell pepper, julienne
½ cup chopped celery with leaves
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon butter
1 lb. medium shrimp, peeled and de-veined
8 oz. boneless, skinless chicken breast, cubed
1 (1-pound) can whole tomatoes, crushed with liquid
1 cup chicken broth
1 (4 oz.) can tomato paste
1 cup medium grain rice
Salt and cayenne, to taste
Hot sauce, to taste
2 bay leaves
½ cup chopped green onions
Water for desired consistency

In a large heavy pot, sauté onions, bell peppers, celery and garlic in butter for 5 minutes over medium heat, or until soft and tender. Add shrimp and chicken and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, broth, rice, salt, cayenne and bay leaves. Reduce heat and cover. Simmer 25 to 30 minutes, or until rice is tender and liquid has been absorbed. Add green onions and serve immediately.

Serve with a simple tossed salad and a loaf of crusty bread. Enjoy!

 Successful Simmering

Making perfect rice and grains (or creamy sauces and gravies) is a cinch with natural gas, whether you are cooking indoors or out.

The instant cool-down with natural gas takes you from a hard boil to a soft simmer in a second. Also, cooking stops the instant you turn off the flame, so there’s no chance of burning your recipe. Along with precision control, an open flame provides you with more even cooking. Natural gas grills and stoves also offer energy efficiency using a clean, domestically produced fuel.

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