Belated Fat Tuesday…!! Here is a classic Mardi Gras dish with a twist… Jambalaya on a Flatbread!!! Relish the Cajun flavours with chicken, shrimp, andouille sausage, bell peppers, white onions, jalapenos and garlic, all on a thin flatbread, topped with Mozzarella cheese and parsley… Crunchy… Meaty… Spicy…!
Alright, so this is my first Fat Tuesday dish and a totally un-planned one. In fact, I was just relaxing after my weekend shoot of my upcoming Mojito recipe, and all of a sudden my hubby calls me up from office and asks “What’s Fat Tuesday? Do you know to cook any Fat Tuesday dishes?” It turned out that his workmates quickly decided to do a potluck the next day for Fat Tuesday and had also picked up the dishes they planned to cook. The funny fact is, my husband was clueless and the best dishes were already taken. So that left me with little time, limited choices, and I thought… “Well, I’ve been looking for an inspiration for my next recipe and I badly want to try a new cuisine… and there you go Akhila, an Opportunity right in front of you… Grab it… time for you to get Inspired…!” So, I took a quick look at the list of dishes already chosen by his colleagues and saw no appetizers listed; quickly called him up and without any hesitation said, “I’m making a Jambalaya Flatbread”. I heard a pause (I’m sure he was surprised and confused, hehe…) and he said “Ok dear, as you say!” I dropped the call, sat down and thought to myself “Alright, so now how do you prepare it???”
Jambalaya is one among my favorite dishes; especially the Cajun styled one from our local farm market (Soulard market @ St. Louis, MO) which I love a lot. It is a traditional dish made with rice, vegetables and meats, rich in the flavors from spices and is cooked either Creole or Cajun style. Cajun Jambalaya is tomato less and more of a Central Louisiana style whereas Creole Jambalaya is a New Orleans style. I would consider my today’s dish as more of a mix of both considering the Cajun seasoning used and the tomato based marinara sauce on top of the flatbread.
This recipe is quite easy to make and calls for only one spice rub; Cajun seasoning. I have used AIDELLS Cajun Style Andouille sausage in this recipe which is a smoked pork sausage, and it along with the chicken and shrimp are sautéed in the Cajun seasoning, cooked till brown, and spread on flat bread coated with marinara sauce, along with veggies & cheese. Super easy and quick, makes a great meal on your table.
Enjoy, Happy Cooking!!!
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- Andouille sausage (I have used AIDELLS Cajun Style Andouille sausage)
- 15-17 shrimp (peeled, deveined and tail removed)
- 1 chicken breast (sliced into small pieces)
- 1 yellow,red and orange bell pepper
- 1 white onion (sliced)
- 1-2 jalapeno peppers (sliced)
- 2 tbsp Cajun seasoning
- 2 garlic pods (crushed)
- 1 cup marinara sauce
- Olive oil
- Freshly chopped parsley (garnish)
- Shredded mozzarella cheese
- Store bought flat bread
Preheat oven to 400 degree F.
Slice the andouille sausage and season it along with the chicken & shrimp, in Cajun seasoning (1 ½ tbsp).
Heat olive oil in a pan, add the seasoned meats, and saute. Cook for 2 minutes on each side till browned. Remove the meats from the pan and set aside.
Into the same pan, add crushed garlic and saute for a few seconds. Add sliced bell peppers and onions, ½ tbsp Cajun seasoning, saute and cook until softened. Add olive oil if necessary. Remove the veggies from the pan and set aside.
Add marinara sauce into the same pan, cook on medium heat until it is slightly thick.
Place your flatbreads on a greased sheet pan, and spread the marinara sauce evenly on top of it as the base. Top with some mozzarella cheese.
Spread the cooked chicken, shrimp, sausage and vegetables evenly on top of the flatbread, and finally top with jalapenos and some more mozzarella cheese.
Place the sheet pan in the oven and cook for 10-12 minutes until the cheese has melted. Take it out of the oven and allow it to cool.
Garnish with freshly chopped parsley.