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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Cajun Style Paella on the Grill




I've made a lot of seafood and mixed paella on the grill and wanted to do something different. Came across some nice looking crawdads and decided to put this together. I'm glad I did!

It took awhile to prep everything, but I wanted to have it ready when I got to the grill.
I cubed some boudin, tasso, chaurice and andouille...


Celery, onions, scallions, garlic, peppers, tomatoes, parsley, lemons....


The cubed sausages, onions, garlic, peppers, scallions, celery, cubed chicken, crawfish tails, saffron...


Made a shrimp stock....



I went with a bit of duck fat for the fry...



Started with the celery, onions, garlic and peppers...


When they were starting to get tender, I added the chaurice, tasso and andouille...




Next came the chicken...



I added some okra, and let it fry to catch some color...




Time for the rice....




After cooking the rice for a few minutes to catch some flavor, I added tomatoes, the shrimp stock, cajun seasoning and saffron threads...






I covered the grill and let the rice cook and absorb the stock and seasonings..
Then added crawfish tails...




Some crab meat and boudin slices... I tucked the boudin down into the rice...


Next came some head on shrimp ( I love the flavor) and a few crawdads...



I closed the grill again and let these cook through..
Added lemon slices, scallions, parsley and called er good.





Served with a cold beer and lots of napkins.








I really liked this one better than past paellas and will make it again. The prep took a lot of time but the cook went fairly fast. I like the flavors the tasso, andouille, boudin and chaurice added to the rice. The bottom of the rice layer had a nice crust, just like I like it...
I was happy with the outcome.

Still having a dry spell here but the garden is doing fine. The windmill sort of fell apart during high winds, but it's repaired and up and running again. I'm hoping to go camping for a few days next week. Can't wait to do some campfire cooking.
Hope everyone is staying healthy and happy!
Thanks for stopping by!