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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Cajun Pumpkin Stew: Andouille Sausage & Shrimp #Foodie Friday

Cajun Pumpkin Stew: Andouille Sausage & Shrimp: Simple Living & Eating


It is pumpkin season but that doesn't mean we have to keep serving pumpkin and other squash the same old way; you know, butter, nutmeg, etc. It is delicious, but I get a little overdosed on the same flavors. I decide to try pumpkin with a little Cajun seasoning and this stew is what resulted. 

It was such a success with my family that my son, who never eats squash had seconds. My daughter who usually doesn't like sausage loved the andouille sausage, it's texture is more like kielbasa, than say Italian sausage. 

Now don't feel limited to just using pumpkin in this recipe. You can substitute any type of squash, acorn, butternut, or even sweet potatoes. It is great served over saffron rice, or wild rice, dirty rice… all work really well.


Cajun Pumpkin Stew: Andouille Sausage & Shrimp: Simple Living & Eating


Cajun Pumpkin Stew: Andouille Sausage & Shrimp

by Diane Balch
simplelivingeating.com

preparation: 20 minutes: Baking time: 45 minutes


Ingredients:

1 sugar pumpkin: skin & seeds removed, cut into cubes
2 tablespoons of Extra-Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
1 red onion chopped
12 ounces of Andoulille sausage chopped (used Aidells) 
24 small shrimp peeled
1 teaspoon of Cajun seasoning (used McCormick)
14.5 ounces of diced tomatoes
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

1) Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees. 

2) Cut pumpkin into cubes. (There are videos on you tude on how to do this)
Put cubes in a large baking dish and drizzle some EVOO on them and salt. Bake for about 45 minutes or until squash is soft and lightly browned.

3) While the pumpkin is roasting sauté the onion on medium high heat in 2 tablespoons of EVOO in a large skillet. As the onion starts to soften add the sausage and brown. 

4) Next add the shrimp and cover it with the Cajun seasoning and some salt and pepper. Add diced tomatoes and heat through or until the shrimp becomes opaque.

5) Add the pumpkin when it is done roasting. 

Serve over rice of your choice. 



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Foodie Friday Features:



From: Made to Glow

Fall Kale Salad with Roasted Squash, Cherries, & Walnuts
Fall Kale Salad with Roasted Squash, Cherries, & Walnuts
Everything about this salad reminds you that Autumn is still a time for fresh ingredient. 



From: Cooking on the Front Burner

Butternut Squash Pasta Bake
Butternut Squash Pasta Bake
This is a fine example of using seasonal ingredients in a unique way. Squash with bacon and Fontina cheese… sounds amazing.



From: Gal on a Mission

Sweet Potato Pie
Sweet Potato Pie
Enough already about pumpkin pie… lets not forget delicious Sweet Potato pie. 



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28 comments:

  1. Thanks for hosting another great party this week!

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  2. I really should get my family to eat more squash-type meals. This sounds delicious and easy! Thanks for hosting, Diane! Have a great weekend! :)

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    1. It is really good for you and it is so sweet and delicious. I seem to forget every year how tasty squash is until I eat it again.

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  3. Diane,
    A great way to incorporate veggies in the main meal. Thanks for hosting the party.
    Annamaria

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    1. Your welcome Annamaria… yes, it worked out well.

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  4. I really love the combination of sausage and shrimp. This looks warming.

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    1. Oh I do too… pork and seafood are amazing together.

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  5. Hi Diane, Thanks for featuring my pasta bake... I've brought more pasta this week - we've been on a pasta kick lately! Have a great weekend!!

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    1. I'm Italian you can never have too much pasta. Thanks again.

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  6. Your Cajun pumpkin stew looks delicious Diane. I only think of pumpkin as a dessert. It's so nice to see it used in a different way. Thanks so much for the party. Have a wonderful weekend!! :)

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    1. I usually do too… but for desserts I just use the puree. If I'm going to actually cut up a pumpkin I put in something savory. Who wants to puree something you've worked so hard cutting?

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  7. Your Cajun stew looks fantastic Diane and so healthy too. Add some rice and it would make my family happy. Thanks for hosting each week and I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
    Sam

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  8. Don't tell my son how heathy it is he just loved the taste. I used wild rice mixture and my family really enjoyed it.

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  9. Hi Diane - I'm having trouble grubbing you FF button from your side bar. I wanna out it on my blog, but when I click on it, it just takes me to you FF section. What am I doing wrong? How can I get an HTML code for it?

    thank you for hosting, as usual :)

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    1. I lost my code for the images in a google problem. Just copy the image and paste it. If you have blogger there is an option to add a link to the image. Thank you for wanting to share the party.

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  10. Diane, your Cajun Pumpkin Stew looks sooo yummy.
    Thanks for hosting this week!
    I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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    1. Thanks Nancy... I would say the calorie count on this stew isn't too bad either... as long as you don't over due the sausage.

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  11. Diane, thank you fro the party! I enjoyed the features!

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    1. Glad to hear that... there are some very talented cooks at this party. It is a pleasure.

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  12. Hi Diane, I bought turkey shaped dinner rolls to the party.

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    1. they look adorable. Thanks for coming.

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  13. My husband would love that stew!! Thanks for hosting!
    ~Stacy @ Stacy Makes Cents

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    1. You are welcome Stacy, Happy Thanksgiving.

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  14. What a wonderful dinner. I love anything cajun, the kick of spice is always perfect. Thanks for linking this recipe to the In and Out of the Kitchen link party and for having a great place for me to share a few recipes!

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    1. You are very welcome Cynthia. I know very little about Cajun cooking. I loved this seasoning and I am now inspired to learn more.

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  15. What a great idea to use pumpkin in this classic Cajun dish! Your Andouille Sausage and Shrimp looks delicious.

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    1. Thanks April it sure made it seasonal.

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