On a recent visit to New Orleans, J and I got to take a cooking class at the amazing Langlois Culinary Crossroads. The very appropriate slogan is “decadent with no apologies” and that proved more than true during our class. We made several wonderful dishes, including an Andouille Cornbread Stuffed Artichoke. Unfortunately, the artichokes at home, didn’t quite look as good. Luckily, Chef Amy told us about 15 ways to use the same stuffing/dressing and we improvised stuffing a green pepper instead.
1 tablespoon butter
1 pound Andouille sausage
1 cup diced onion
1 cup diced bell pepper
1/3 cup diced celery
1 and 1/4 tablespoons minced garlic
4 cups crumbled cornbread
1/3 cup parsley
1/3 cup sliced green onions
1 pound shredded smoked gouda
couple of pinches of Emeril’s essence cajun seasoning (we made our own, recipe to come)
1/2 cup chicken stock (only use if the mixture is too dry and crumbly!)
olive oil (for the pan)
Then add the onions, bell pepper and celery (the holy trinity) and the garlic until the vegetables are wilted. Add the pinches of Emeril’s essence cajun seasoning to taste. You want it to be a little red. That’s from the paprika, not the cayenne, so don’t panic. Remove from heat and add cornbread, parsley and green onions.
Mix well and allow to cool. Add the cheese and mix again. If the mixture is too dry and crumbly, add chicken stock a little at a time to make it more like a dough (it should stick together). Stuff the peppers and bake for 15 to 20 minutes.
Remove from oven and allow to cool for about 5 minutes.
I love this super filling dish. It is light enough for a summer meal, but surprisingly filling. Plus, if you have left over mix, Chef Amy suggests freezing it in patties for a nice side dish.