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Vegetable, Chicken Sausage, Cajun Seasoning with Rice
Serves 8


2, 12 oz. pckgs Johnsonville Apple Chicken Sausage (use only 6 of the 8 links, sliced thin)
3 large celery stalks, sliced thin
1/3 C white onion sliced thinly
1 very large sweet potato peeled and cut into small cubes, about 2 ½ C worth
2, 15.5 oz. cans corn, drained
2, 15.5 oz. cans black eyed peas, drained and rinsed
1 15.5 oz. can petit diced tomatoes, plain, with liquid
4 C chicken stock, low sodium (not bullion, or make your own)
½ C orange juice
¼ C packed light brown sugar
3 T oil
4+ t Cajun seasoning
Salt and Pepper to taste, about 3 t salt and 2 t pepper +/-
1 bay leaf
4-5 stalks fresh thyme
1 C jasmine or other white rice
Italian parsley to garnish


  • Chop and prep all ingredients. In a large stew pot heat the oil to medium high. Add the onion and celery, and cook until translucent, about 3 minutes. Add the sweet potato and sauté for about 4 minutes. Deglaze with the orange juice and stir in well, letting it simmer for a minute or so. Add about 1 t of salt and pepper and blend. Add the Cajun seasoning, being generous with measurements. Stir. Then add the stock and stir. Let come to low boil. Stir in the brown sugar, nestle in the whole stalks of thyme, and then add a bay leaf. Let simmer on low, but still bubbling, for about 40 minutes. Remove lid and stir in sausage, let bubble for about another 10 minutes. I add the sausage last so it doesn’t shrivel up and get too cooked. While stew is cooking, make the rice. You can make more if you’d like. When the stew is done, remove the thyme sprigs and the bay leaf. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Ladle into bowls over the rice, or serve without rice if preferred.
  • A note about seasoning: I find most inexperienced cooks, even those who cook all the time, do not add enough seasoning. Especially salt. It is odd because restaurant and processed food is so over salted and our palates have become used to it. Here is how I do it. I have sea salt in a dish, so it’s easy to grab a pinch. I add a generous pinch (1/2 t) at the time I do the celery and onions, again with the stock, and then again before I let it simmer. It will taste different after it has simmered so don’t add too much. At the end is where you’ll know. To taste, put some in your mouth and then suck in a bit of air through your mouth and slap your tongue on the top of your palate so the food gets all around your tongue. Assess then if all the flavors seem balanced.

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