“just add a pound of meat”

“just add a pound of meat”

Tuesday, 01 November 2016
"just add a pound of meat"

A few days ago I was in the grocery store and I saw a can of Jambalaya on the shelf…”just add a pound of meat”…so I thought I’d try it. Most of the time canned food really doesn’t have a lot of flavor…that’s why they add a lot of salt, but you can doctor it up…I do that all the time…SPICE!

So I decided to make it today. Went into the freezer and grabbed a package of chicken, a leg thigh quarter. The package weighed a pound, roughly. I bought a package of 3 leg thigh quarters. Package weighed a little over 3 pounds, paid about four dollars…not bad.

I put the chicken in a pot, put just enough water in it to cover the chicken. I put three hand full’s of yellow onion, a table spoon of garlic, a table spoon of oregano, a table spoon of McCormics BBQ spice (really good stuff!) and a table spoon of fresh cracked pepper in the water… I guestimate the amount of spice…I use the palm of my hand…it works. Brought the water to a boil, then turned it down to low and let it simmer for an hour, till the meat was falling off the bone. Stripped the meat off the bones and set it aside.

Went back into the fridge and grabbed a quarter pound stick of smoked sausage and an eight ounce package of Chorizo…I love Chorizo…LOTS flavor. Put some oil in a pan then added another three hand full’s of onion…I seasoned the onion with garlic powder, the BBQ seasoning and some black pepper, and cooked it till it was translucent. The onion takes up the flavor of the spice. Then I added the Chorizo, the Chorizo adds flavor to the onion, and the onion adds flavor to the Chorizo.

Some years back, I read a couple of books by celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse…BAM! The one thing I learned was layering flavor into what you cook. Instead of adding all the herbs and spices all at the beginning or at the end…you layer in the flavors you build the flavor…it works! So that’s what I did today. It started with the water I cooked the chicken in. Then the onions. And later with the canned food product, Jambalaya.

I cooked the onions down, then added the Chorizo, I cooked that for about ten minutes, then added the smoked sausage and cooked that for another five minutes, layering the flavor. Then I added the chicken and cooked that just long enough to heat the chicken. THEN I added the canned Jambalaya…AND…more garlic, black pepper and the BBQ spice…not a lot…a half a teaspoon of each…and let it cook.

Now, before I started to cook this stuff, I opened the can and tasted the Jambalaya straight out of the can…meh…not a whole lot of flavor. After I added the spices and Chorizo…WOW! I’ve made Jambalaya from scratch…this came awful close! My house smells AWESOME!

My point to all this is…we’re collecting a lot of canned goods to give to the needy. There isn’t a lot of flavor in canned food. If you’re going to bring groceries to the food drive, while you’re at the grocery store, pick up some pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, basil and any other spices you can think of, and bring them along.

We’re trying to feed hungry people…let’s put some spice in their life…let’s put some flavor into their lives…it’s a “food of love thing”…BAM! I know…I went a long way to make that point…ah well…such is life…eat well my friends. ~ Uncle Bob.