This week on Basics I’m joined by chef Isaac Toups to show you how to make some amazing Cajun dishes: jambalaya, gumbo, dirty rice, and rillons.


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Ingredients & Shopping List
+ For the Chicken & Sausage Gumbo:
1 lb boneless, skinless, chicken thighs
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup vegetable oil
6 garlic cloves, minced
2 ribs celery, diced
1 small green bell pepper, diced
1 small white onion, diced
8 ounces beer (just not a light beer!)
4 cups chicken stock
2 bay leaves
1 pound andouille sausage, cut into coins (or smoked kielbasa)
1 Tbsp cayenne pepper
1 Tbsp smoked paprika
Cooked white rice, for serving
Sliced scallions, for garnish

+ For the Rillons:
2 pounds pork belly, skin removed
Kosher salt
2 cups red wine (full bodied like Malbec or Cabernet Sauvignon)
2 cups sugar
Fresh thyme

+ For the Dirty Rice:
1 pound ground beef
Kosher salt and fresh black pepper
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
Cumin, to taste
Cayenne, to taste
1/3 cup beer (not a light one!)
Plus roux and trinity ingredients:
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup diced onion
1/2 cup diced green bell pepper
1/3 cup diced celery
4 cloves garlic, crushed
1/3 cup beer (not a light one!)
2 cups chicken stock
3 cups cooked white rice
Scallions, for garnish

+ For the jambalaya:
Dirty rice (ingredients above)
1 pound andouille sausage, sliced into coins
4 boneless chicken thighs

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