Slow cooker cooking has long been a time-saving (and hunger-filling) work-week ritual. The idea that you can prepare a hot, hearty, comforting meal that will be waiting for you when you get home from a hard day’s at work is part of what makes slow cooker cooking so popular with families, couples, and singles alike!
Amazingly delicious recipes for slow cooker meals are endless, and books galore have been written that specialize in some very tasty and unique meals. Beyond the traditional pot roast or beef stew slow cooker meal lives a world of fun, filling, and fabulous meals you can try. One of those is this recipe for slow cooker shrimp & sausage jambalaya, from good folks at Genius Kitchen.com:
Ready In: 8 hours, 30 minutes
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
- 1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
- 4 celery ribs, chopped (you can use the outer stalks of celery hearts)
- 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
- 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
- 2 cups smoked sausage, chopped (fully cooked)
- 1 tablespoon parsley flakes
- ½ teaspoon dried thyme leaves
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- ¼ teaspoon red pepper sauce
- 1 lb. large shrimp, peeled and deveined (uncooked)
- 4 cups cooked rice
Mix all ingredients except shrimp and rice in a large slow cooker.
Cover and cook on low setting 7 to 8 hours (or high for 3 to 4 hours).
Stir in shrimp. Cover and cook on high heat about ½ hour or until shrimp are pink and firm.
Serve with rice, and enjoy!
If you wish to substitute turkey kielbasa for the sausage, or add your own sauce substitutes, feel free to do so. Also, to make preparation easier for you, cook the rice in a rice cooker to save some time. Everyone is sure to enjoy this zesty creation that serves up a taste of New Orleans!