- 6-7 cups spicy shrimp stock (mine was SPICY). If yours isn't spicy to the point of being practically inedible, you might want to add some more heat to this. You could also use chicken or vegetable stock here if you wanted)
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 4 medium carrots, peeled and chopped into bite sized pieces
- 1 medium celery root, peeled and chopped into bite sized pieces.
- 3-4 cloves garlic
- 3 cups short grain rice (like Arborio)
- 1/4 cup dry white wine
- 2 cups tomatoes (fresh or frozen), coarsely chopped - or used canned with juice
- 3-4 sweet banana peppers (fresh or frozen), seeded and sliced
- 1 lb chicken, cut into bite sized pieces (I used boneless, skinless breasts, but thighs would do too. I have also made this with leftovers from a whole roasted chicken).
- 1 lb shrimp
- 1 lb andouille sausage, cut into bite sized pieces (I used Usinger's fully cooked andouille sausage. If you use an uncooked sausage, you will need to adjust the recipe accordingly.)
- Cayenne Pepper
- Hot sauce if desired
In a large frying pan, over medium heat, heat up olive oil. Add onions, carrots, and celery root and saute until they start to soften, seasoning with salt and pepper. Add garlic and cook one minute more. Add rice and stir constantly until rice is mostly translucent except for a small white dot in the center - about 3 minutes. Add white wine and cook, stirring constantly, until wine is evaporated - about 5 minutes. (This step is a lot easier to tell in a regular risotto. In this instance, the wine doesn't cover the rice so it's hard to tell when it is all evaporated. The best way to tell, in my opinion, is that the sound of the rice cooking will change. Do not let the rice cook dry. It is better to add stock too soon than too late.) Add 1/4 of stock to rice and stir vigorously. Allow to cook until liquid is mostly absorbed, stirring regularly. Again, do not allow rice to get completely dry. Add 1/4 more of the stock, along with tomatoes. Again, allow to cook until rice is mostly dry, stirring regularly. Add 1/4 more of the stock (so you should now have 1/4 of the stock remaining.) Meanwhile, cook chicken, seasoning with salt and cayenne pepper. Once the third addition of stock is almost fully absorbed, test the rice. It should be just al dente. If it is still too firm, add more stock and allow to continue cooking, checking and adding stock as necessary until it is al dente. Once the rice is al dente, remove from heat and stir vigorously for a good minute (this helps the rice get creamy.) Add two more ladles full of stock, along with the uncooked shrimp, cooked chicken, and andouille sausage. Allow to rest, covered, stirring occasionally, until shrimp is cooked through and sausage and chicken are hot - about 7 more minutes. Serve with hot sauce if desired.
This is one of those dishes that is even better the second day. I know it seems like there are a lot of directions, but it's not really a lot of work. If you've made risotto before, it's the same process just with more stuff. If you've never made risotto before, trust me it's well worth it!