Creole Shrimp and Sausage Stew

  • carolfitz Posted: 01/12/11
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    Superfast & a good recipe for a young person or for that "I-can't-cook-anything" member of the household. Followed directions using fresh garlic & turkey andouille but included 1c chopped onion in the 1st step (pre-cooked in the microwave in some broth). Served with spinach/veg salad & Chabaso rolls. Satisfying winter supper.

  • Noelle Posted: 10/02/09
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    I thought it was good. Really quick and easy. I added some onion and corn. Family liked it. I think it will be even yummier for my lunch tomorrow. Will make again.

  • taylesworth Posted: 10/01/09
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    This is a perfect weekday meal for a cool Fall evening. While hardly as satisfying as a gumbo, it has the basics that make gumbo so nice on a cool evening and, unlike gumbo, can easily be made in under twenty minutes. I made the recipe as is, except for adding a little habanero sauce. Personally, I would have preferred it even spicier. Next time I will probably use andouille instead of turkey smoked sausage and add some onion as well.

  • jazzwood Posted: 09/20/09
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    What a treat and so easy! I use Italian sausage as I had it in the frig; used pinto beans instead of kidney - a family preference; used fresh garlic - two cloves. Served with crusty multi grain bread and a salad of lettuce and fresh tomatoes.

  • Baparichard Posted: 02/21/11
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    I served this recipe with the addition of Okra, Creole seasoning, and rice. Received "rave reviews." All of the spices and flavors blend and complement each other perfectly. Will make again for us(dinner)and guests!

  • akeach Posted: 10/15/09
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    This has become a staple in my house. I substitute flavored sausage and use regular tomatoes, adding my own chiles. I have to double every batch because everyone wants more. :)

  • hdharding Posted: 10/01/09
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    I agree with Thomas. I used andouille chicken sausage. I also substituted the Kidney beans for white as that is what I had on hand.

  • sedutta Posted: 09/17/09
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    This was a very tasty stew. It was a great (and quick!) substitute for the gumbo my husband makes, which takes 3-4 hours. Will be making this again!

  • carolinablonde Posted: 10/08/09
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    Excellent! Served with french bread for dinner, then with saltines for lunch the next day. This is relatively easy (lots of chopping required) and very good.

  • skspillman Posted: 09/25/09
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    This was so good! My household loves spicy food and this was perfect. I doubled the recipe--instead of using two cans of kidney beans I used one can plus a can of cannellini beans. I sprinkled each serving with a bit of Cajun seasoning in addition to the parsley and served with crusty French bread. This was delicious, and I will definitely make it again.

  • Ltoeat Posted: 09/16/09
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    I was very disappointed with this bland recipe and the texture was weird. It needed more salt and spices.

  • lexrecipes Posted: 02/24/11
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    Well this one made the hit list after the first bite. Besides being insanely easy to make the flavor combination was delightful.I usually try to make the recipes straight forward the first time, to get a feel for the tastes and what needs to be modified for our flavor palette, but with this one I was pretty sure my use of poblano pepper (can't eat green bell peppers) and Andouille Chicken Sausage would be good exchanges. Was I right, I would suggest these options to kick up the flavor level. Also, since I had some left over,I upped the broth to a cup and I threw in 1 1/2 cups of cooked basmati rice into the stew at the end and that made it an even more satisfying meal. Another CL winner.

  • drunkenpaddy Posted: 07/27/10
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    This one's a keeper. I did modify a bit, substituting andouille for some kick, fresh crushed garlic, and half of a seeded jalapeno. Served with a mixed green salad with clementine oranges and balsalmic and vinegar dressing to balance the heat from the stew. Worked in the summer; but it'll be great in the winter, I suspect.

  • jkf330 Posted: 10/06/09
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    I use CL recipes frequently and I have never had as big of a disaster as I did with this meal. Most of the time, even if something isn't great, I can figure out a way to make it tastier or at the very least, it's edible. I took one bite of this, asked my husband to see if he liked it and we dumped the rest down the disposal (a real shame, because prep time was considerable with the cooking of the sausage, chopping, and simmering). I can't even pin point what was wrong with it. The flavor was spicy but somehow bland at the same time. The sauce was too thin. The shrimp tasted odd with the other ingredients. It just wasn't good. I won't make this again.

  • Saecca Posted: 03/07/10
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    The broth on this stew is great, and no one would know that it had very little prep and cooking time. I used chicken sausage and bay scallops instead of shrimp (I had it in the freezer). I wish there were leftovers, but we downed the whole thing since it was so amazing! I bet more veggies could be thrown in next time like bell peppers to make it a bit hardier.

  • RiceKrispity Posted: 09/16/09
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    I agree with a previous review that this recipe is not really that memorable. It's spicy yet kind of blah at the same time. It seems to be missing something.

  • CHBrown Posted: 10/14/09
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    This stew was delicious! I usually think CL recipes are bland and lack flavor, but I thought the sausage added great flavor and the spice was great. I would definitely make this again. It's a great, quick weeknight meal.

  • stormydogblue Posted: 02/17/11
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    This recipe is a good,healthy base but I felt it needed more flavor. I added 3 bay leaves with the sausage and garlic, and also 1 tsp of dried thyme. After tasting, I also added a little bit of creole seasoning. I prefer it over rice. I used cannelloni beans and smoked turkey sausage.

  • Melissa879 Posted: 01/07/10
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    I made this recipe the other day and my husband loved it and my daughter said to "add it to the keeper list". I used a can of Mild Rotel and I found Healthy Choice Pre-cooked Smoked Turkey sausage. The recipe was really quick and delicious. I will be making this again very soon.

  • brookcooks Posted: 01/04/11
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    This recipe is a quick and easy base, but requires adjustment to be something you can be proud of. I recommend using andouille sausage and adding in some creole seasoning (such as Tony's and some thyme). Next time I will toss in some onion and celery with the bell pepper. I served this over instant brown rice; next time I won't use instant. Overall, the speed and ease of this recipe make it worth tweaking to make it your own.

  • th0371 Posted: 02/23/11
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    Quick and easy. Didnt have Diced tomatos with green chilis, but I had diced tomatos with green peppers and onion, and added some cajun seasoning and black beans.

  • Misheru Posted: 09/04/09
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    Tasty, quick, and easy :) It was a bit spicy, and was wonderful with a nice crispy piece of bread, but I think that this would also be wonderful served on a bed of brown rice :) This is something that is definitely worth trying!

  • xoxogossipgirl Posted: 09/22/09
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    My husband, who is not usually a fan of healthy meals, was surprised when I told him it was from CL mag. He & I just ate & LOVED this. It was super easy to make & tastes delicious. I love that the whole pot cost about $10. I couldn't find smoked turkey sausage so I got some hot turkey sausage links (uncooked). I served with Tabasco but we didn't need it as it was spicy enough on its own. This stew would be great served over white or brown rice. I will definitely make this again.

  • Ramonalite Posted: 02/21/11
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    It's bland. Frank's hot sauce to the rescue. Not sure I'd make it again. But it was quick and easy - mostly pantry items. I'd add Creole seasoning next time for sure

  • MrPiggy Posted: 10/17/09
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    I thought this was great, and I only had leftovers. But it was made by someone extremely special to me

  • Beuhlak Posted: 10/08/09
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    My husband and I loved this! It was so quick and easy (under 10 min)! We used smoked chicken portabello sausages and added a little Sriracha as a finish. Might make it a little thicker next time, but otherwise wouldn't change a thing! Definitely making this again!

  • BiteSize Posted: 09/15/09
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    This recipie is an easy soup to make that has a spicy kick. I used fresh shrimp, so I had to peel and devein them (which takes like 30 min.), but I think it was worth it. The soup is not really a memorable recipie that I would make over and over, but more of a base recipie where you can use similar ingredients to make a similar spicy sausage and shrimp soup.

  • tarastepp Posted: 09/20/09
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    I made this for my husband tonight and we both really liked it. I followed the recipe exactly as it's written and I didn't think it was as bland as others did. I gave it 4 stars because the recipe is so easy to make, which is great for my busy schedule. I served this with cheddar-garlic biscuits. This stew is great for fall, and I would make it again.

  • NancyIV Posted: 10/15/09
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    I thought this recipe was easy. My husband loved it, but I thought it was average at best.

  • scrappyt Posted: 10/02/09
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    Made this last night and used turkey kielbasa - excellent! I added a little crushed red pepper cause we like spicy. Next time I would thicken it like a roux to make a little richer. But for a quick weeknight dinner - it was awesome. Will make again

  • Pattiplo Posted: 10/10/09
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    This was very tasty and even better as leftovers!

  • TanyaEll Posted: 03/23/10
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    Quick, easy and tasty! I used Great Northern Beans, prepared frozen shrimp, and frozen onion & bell pepper mix to save prep time. My family thought it was great. I will definitely make it again.

  • MorbidMiss Posted: 02/20/11
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    I am sorry to say that if you have had actual Creole food then this will be really disappointing. If you are looking for just a nice mildly spicy stew then you will probably love it though.

  • Jaymie Posted: 03/14/11
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    My husband and I are huge CL fans so I was disappointed in this one - we thought it was bland.

  • AmyRuthBlue Posted: 02/24/11
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    very good, and easy! I used chicken sausage, and added Slap Ya Mama cajun seasoning and Ditali pasta with a little extra broth.

  • tangelo27 Posted: 02/25/11
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    I added dark chili powder and Tapatio to round out the flavor. The recipe is bland without any spices.

  • cpickles Posted: 02/06/11
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    I am admittedly not much of a cook but since starting my diet I've been doing more of it than usual. This is a great recipe. My husband loved it as well which says A LOT! I used veggie sausage and added a little more chicken broth than the recipe calls for. Delish!

  • holaerica Posted: 02/21/12
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    While I wouldn't actually serve this for a 'special occasion', it was EXCELLENT for a quick dinner. I added onions and some jalapenos, as well as a little pepper and seafood seasoning and I used chicken broth instead of veggie broth. I was really surprised at how much flavor it had for so few ingredients. Will definitely be going into my rotation.

  • DonaldBuchanan Posted: 02/21/12
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    Loved it. Easy to make and very tasty. Although I did add salt and pepper and some cajun seasoning. THANKS

  • jumpinrenegade2 Posted: 01/19/12
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    Loved this! The only bad part is that there were no leftovers for tomorrow's lunch! I used Turkey Kielbasa rather than sausage because I couldn't find it at the store. Everything else I left the same, and it was AMAZING! I can't wait to make it again!

  • Marietta1 Posted: 02/27/12
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    Followed Recipe except used Veg broth (used about 1.5 cups) instead of chicken broth and used turkey kielbasa sausage. Dish was too spicy for my 3 year old. husband loved it. We served over brown rice. It had a pretty good flavor and was super quick and easy to make. It was a little on the spicy side. I would make again, but would have something else for my 3 year old to eat.

  • ertr97 Posted: 01/20/13
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    This soup was really good and SUPER easy to make! It was a bit spicy for me (and I LOVE spicy foods). Next time I am going to substitute one of the cans of rotel with diced tomatoes. I may try adding a can of cream of chicken soup to make more of a creamy soup simply because I prefer that over brothy soups. I also used red and orange bell pepper instead of green because my husband doesn't like green.

  • TCUnurse Posted: 12/31/12
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    Great meal for a cold night - used red bell pepper instead of green and added some okra. Could use more chicken broth for more liquid in your bowl. Served over white rice with some bread and hot sauce.

  • les2112 Posted: 03/05/13
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    This was SO EASY! I did just use two cans of diced tomatoes and added a can of diced green chiles. I also used lower sodium kidney beans and Johnsonville Chicken Sausages (Chipotle and Cheese). I don't think you need the rice or bread. I was really surprised by the low calorie content of this dish since it is very filling and very flavorful. I made double the recipe and doubled everything but the oil. I will definitely be making this again.

  • WendyChelle Posted: 03/04/13
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    First of all, I don't cook much. My husband does the majority of the work in the kitchen. This is one meal I can make with ease, and everybody loves it. I'm up to quadrupling the recipe for my family of 5! I have made a couple of changes for my family's taste buds. My kids are not huge fans of beans, so I leave them out. I only use 2 cans of Rotel in my quadruple batch so it is not too hot for some. Finally, I add in some Old Bay seasoning. My husband and kids like it with rice while I enjoy mine over quinoa. This is a keeper.

  • PeteSoup Posted: 03/11/13
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    This recipe was very well received at home. It's the most my son has eaten of anything I've cooked. It's pretty quick and easy, so appropriate for any day of the week. The only alteration I made was to use vegetable stock instead of chicken because it's what I had on hand. Salt and hot sauce are recommended (I like Crystal), as is a bit of a rice bed. If it was the weekend or the kids were asleep I would have served this with a glass of wine or a nice cool beer.

  • LATheresa Posted: 03/11/13
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    Came together really quickly. Felt like it needed more ingredients (vege) but a good solid simple weeknight stew. I was surprised at how spicy it was, next time I may use tomatoes with mild chiles. Definitely needed salt and pepper.

  • 104jewel Posted: 03/10/13
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    I agree with others who thought this recipe is a good basis for a stellar recipe. I incorporated "tweaks" at the suggestion of other reviews and with tweaks, the dish is delicious - added thyme/creole seasoning, pepper, red pepper flakes, onion, celery, used 1/2 the chick broth, make a roux, added a 1/3 chopped fresh jalapeno and drained the can of rotel. It tastes great, but isn't the original recipe. :-/

  • Dpattavina Posted: 03/23/13
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    Very easy and very quick to prepare. Followed recipe explicitly. Even my very picky 7 and 11 yr old boys loved it! The original Rotel tomatoes are a little on spicy side, so if you don't like spicy food, go with the mild tomatoes.

  • bewfenton Posted: 03/31/14
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    I used this recipe recently for a Sunday lunch and give it four stars for nurtition, flavor, preparation time, texure, and adaptability. Because of my guests' food allergies, I exchanged several ingredients, using turkey breast chunks instead of shrimp, smoked trout filets instead of sausage slices, and zucchini ribbons instead of beans. I also added more vegetables, red and yellow peppers, which worked well, but next time I will experiment with mushrooms, carrots, squash chunks, and add more spice. To me, the soup needed more liguid, and while it could be a meal in itself, I served it over penne rigate pasta, which held the sauce well. Rice would work alternatively.

  • margow2108 Posted: 11/21/13
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    This was so easy but so delicious! I followed the recipe exactly (just added a little bit of extra cajun seasoning) and served over rice. It is even better the next day after the flavors have been absorbed. I will definitely be making this again!

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