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Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya Bites

February 11, 2015

Leftover jambalaya? Not always, but if you do have some, I have found something wonderful to do with it! My husband thought of this. We were thinking of something to take to our friend’s Super Bowl party. It is right around Mardi Gras time and we (meaning me) tend to have our minds focused on that. We brought a good little taste of New Orleans to that party between the jambalaya bites and the pecan pie bars. Yum! These jambalaya bites turned out better than I even imagined. We tried them several different ways and found this to be the tastiest thing ever.

First you make your jambalaya

Now for the bites!

Makes 18.

Patties:

3 cups jambalaya with chicken and sausage cut into smaller pieces

2 cups grated pepper jack cheese

 

Flour:

¼ cup flour

1/8 tsp salt

 

Egg wash:

1 egg

1/8 tsp salt

1 tbsp water

 

Breadcrumb mixture:

1 cup ground nacho heese flavor Doritos, ground in a cuisinart

1 ½ cup panko

¼ tsp salt to dorito and panko mixture

 

For the pan:

1 tbsp Olive oil plus more to add as it depletes in the pan

 

 

Cut chicken and sausage pieces from the jambalaya into smaller pieces. Cut each sausage round  into 4 pieces.

 

Cut the chicken and sausage pieces in to smaller bites.

Cut the chicken and sausage pieces in to smaller bites.

 

Mix cheese with jambalaya in a glass bowl and put int the microwave for 1 minute. Stir.

Set up the small plates (salad size plates) with flour, egg wash, and breadcrumb mixture.

 

flour, egg wash, breadcrumb mixture

flour, egg wash, breadcrumb mixture

 

Make all of the jambalaya patties about an inch in diameter. These are meant to be a 2-bite app. Meanwhile, heat the pan to medium-hi heat with 1 tbsp olive oil. You will need to add more with each batch as it depletes.

 

Form small patties with the jambalaya.

Form small patties with the jambalaya.

 

Make all the jambalaya patties first.

Make all the jambalaya patties first.

 

While the pan is heating put the patties one at a time in the flour, then in the egg wash, then in the breadcrumb mixture. The best way to do this is to keep one hand for dry and one hand for wet so you don’t end up with two goopy hands. You can do many more at a time like this.

Do them all at the same time and get the messy part over with or you will be running back and forth across the kitchen washing your hands over and over.

 

Roll in salted flour

Roll in salted flour

Roll in the seasoned egg wash.

Roll in the seasoned egg wash.

Roll in Dorito and Panko mixture

Roll in Dorito and Panko mixture

 

Put them all on a plate to await the pan.

 

Set the prepared patties to be ready to the pan.

Set the prepared patties to be ready to the pan.

 

Put your prepared jambalaya bites into the pan to cook on the first side. When they are golden brown, flip to the other side. You may need to cook any uncooked areas on the sides of the patties. You can lean them on the side of the pan or against each other.

 

Make sure the sides are cooked too.

Make sure the sides are cooked too.

 

When you pull them out of the pan with a tongs or spatula, put them on a cooling rack.

 

Place on a cooling rack after coming out of the pan.

Place on a cooling rack after coming out of the pan.

 

Dipping sauces:

I used 2 dipping sauces. They were both amazing with it and they were very different from each other. One was a Zia’s Pepper Jelly Vinaigrette and the other was a Remoulade with added lemon.

Zia’s Pepper Jelly Dressing:

I bought this at the grocery store in New Orleans. But there is a recipe out there for those who don’t have access to it. I’ve made it before and it’s very good, especially on spinach salad.

You could order it online and buy it from Chef Paul.

To Make it:

My mother has had this recipe for years. She got it from her best friend who may have gotten it from the local newspaper, The Times-Picayune. I have made this recipe and it is very good.

½ cup pepper jelly

2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar

1 Tbsp whit vinegar

1 Tbsp honey

¼ tsp salt

¾ cup olive oil

¼ tsp salt

Place in blender and blend till emulsified

Another recipe out there emulating Zia’s Pepper Jelly Dressing is  from Tastebook. This one has fewer ingredients.

 

The other dressing that we used is a remoulade dressing that we added extra lemon to. We used Louisiana brand remoulade dressing that we bought at World Market.

The Remoulade Dressing:

1/3 cup Remoulade dressing

1 Tbsp lemon juice or more to taste

 

Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya Bites

Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya Bites

Ingredients

  • Patties:
  • 3 cups jambalaya with chicken and sausage cut into smaller pieces
  • 2 cups pepperjack shredded
  • Flour:
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • Egg wash:
  • 1 egg
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp water
  • Breadcrumb mixture:
  • 1 cup ground nacho heese flavor Doritos, ground in a cuisinart
  • 1 ½ cup panko
  • ¼ tsp salt to dorito and panko mixture
  • For the Pan:
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil plus more to add as it depletes in the pan
  • Zia’s Pepper Jelly Dressing - make or buy
  • ½ cup pepper jelly
  • 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp whit vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¾ cup olive oil
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • Remoulade Dressing:
  • 1/3 cup Remoulade dressing
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice or more to taste

Instructions

  • Mix cheese with jambalaya in a glass bowl and put int the microwave for 1 minute. Stir.
  • Set up the small plates (salad size plates) with flour, egg wash, and breadcrumb mixture.
  • Make all of the jambalaya patties and heat the pan to medium-hi heat with 1 tbsp olive oil. You will need to add more with each batch as it depletes.
  • While the pan is heating put the patties one at a time in the flour, then in the egg wash, then in the breadcrumb mixture. The best way to do this is to keep one hand for dry and one hand for wet so you don’t end up with two goopy hands. You can do many more at a time like this.
  • Put them all on a plate to await the pan. Get the messy part over with or you will be running back and forth across the kitchen washing your hands over and over.
  • Put your prepared jambalaya bites into the pan to cook on the first side. When they are golden brown, flip to the other side. You may need to cook any uncooked areas on the sides of the patties. You can lean them on the side of the pan or against each other. When you pull them out of the pan with a tongs or spatula, put them on a cooling rack.
  • Zia's Pepper Jelly Dressing: Place in blender and blend till emulsified.
  • Remoulade Dressing: Stir together.
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These turned out to be so tasty! I hope you make these!

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