Oh, how I wish I was in New Orleans right now. Now would be the perfect time to go because it’s Mardi Gras! Mardi Gras is a HUGE holiday in New Orleans, and is celebrated during the two weeks prior to February 9th, which is Fat Tuesday, the day before the start of the Lenten season.
I have wanted to go since I was in high school. Back then I had visions of wandering down Bourbon Street, with the crowds of people, following the parades and dancing in the streets. I planned on staying up all night to greet the dawn with the thousands of other party-goers.
Nowadays, since I am much *koff* *koff* older, I look forward to exploring the city, the architecture, the history, and of course the AH-mazing food!
You can’t argue with the fact that for many people, Mardi Gras is simply synonymous with good food, good times, and a general joie de vivre. So to celebrate, here in Western Washington, I wanted to come up with something extra nomalicious. I knew I wanted to make a jambalaya, but of course there is no way that I am going to make a traditional jambalaya.
Me? Traditional? Ppfffttttt
So while my little brain was turning and churning, I kept hearing the Hank Williams’ song Jambalaya.
” Goodbye Joe me gotta go me oh my oh
Me gotta go pole the pirogue down the bayou……
….jambalaya and a crawfish pie and filé gumbo….”
Jambalaya and a crawfish pie? Hhmmmmmmm. Can we add a little mac and cheese in there too? Oh yessssss!
And before anyone says cheese and seafood don’t go together, let me give you 4 words.
While the Seattle area is known for many foodie-type things, crawfish and andouille sausage are not among those things. But, lucky for me, a new butcher shop opened in my little town last year and guess what they carry? Crawfish and andouille sausage, which made me a happy happy girl!
The next thing needed?
That is where my Homemade Cajun Seasoning Blend comes in! It gives you just that right amount of ooohweeeeeeee!
I have to admit that, even though I explained that a crawfish was kind of like a shrimp and a lobster met and had a baby, a few here were a bit nervous about them, but once they had this deliciousness in their face those nerves disappeared. It was replaced by a look that I can only explain as ravenous hunger.
Thank goodness I had already gotten my bowl because they pretty much pushed me aside and attacked the pot like a bunch of wild beasts. I swear there was grabbing, growling, and gnashing of teeth involved !
Who are these people and where did they come from?
Oh ya, they are my family, and I actually gave birth to a few of them. Such a proud moment *sigh*
The happy ending? Everyone loved this dish, and has begged that I keep it in the meal rotation. HA that will teach them to doubt me!!
Side note – no people were harmed in the making of this recipe
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