Cajun Inspired Paella

I've been seeing cajun recipes all over the place, and I'm a huge fan of the shrimp and sausage combo, so I thought I'd create my own take on Cajun Paella! 

This is definitely not the exact way to make a Cajun Paella, but it's my way! My favorite part of paella is the crispy rice at the bottom of pan, so I played that part up and even decided to go for sticky rice instead of the classic dirty rice. I definitely took many creative liberties with this one. Regardless, it's really, really good.

Ingredients

1/2 pound shrimp
2 calabrese sausage
1/2 cup diced pancetta
3 tablespoons butter
1 onion
1/2 cup sushi rice
1 teaspoon cajun seasoning

Optional:

1 tablespoon seasoned rice vinegar
salt and pepper to taste
 

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Directions

  1. Cook rice fully. I use sushi rice because when it's made in the pressure cooker with a dash of seasoned rice vinegar it becomes sticky and delicious. The pressure cooker is actually really easy and less intimidating as you might think if you don't have one! I got mine at ikea and it's good
  2. Cook onions. I like to go low and slow in a tablespoon of butter. Once they've been on the heat for 15-20 minutes they'll be nice and caramelized
  3. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
  4. Cook sausage. I boil mine for 3-5 minutes so it's almost fully cooked, then fry it in a tablespoon of butter and a dash of cajun seasoning
  5. Cook shrimp. Fry in a tablespoon of butter until golden brown on both sides. Add a dash of cajun seasoning
  6. Transfer rice to a pan and if you want a crispy bottom like I do, put it on high heat for 1-2 minutes before adding the other ingredients
  7. Add onions, sausage, and shrimp to the rice pan
  8. Pop the pan into oven for 5-7 minutes to pull the whole thing together
  9. Enjoy!
 
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Recipe, EthnicLily Kaplan