Cajun-Style Rice Pilaf Recipe

"Bring the spirit of Bourbon Street to your gathering with this modern take on a rice pilaf with Italian sausage and shrimp!"


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  • 8 ounces Italian sausage links
  • 2 1/4 cups water, divided
  • 1 pound shell-on medium shrimp
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 1/3 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
  • 1 cup long-grain white rice
  • 1/4 cup Chateau Ste. Michelle Syrah Rosé
  • 1/3 cup frozen peas
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
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    1. Boil sausage in 1/4 cup water for 5 minutes. While the sausage is boiling, remove the shells from the shrimp. Put shells and tails in 2 cups of water. Bring shrimp water to a boil and simmer for 20 minutes.
    2. Grill the sausage links for about 5 minutes or until they are completely cooked through. Brush the shrimp with 1/2 tablespoon oil and grill about 2 minutes per side. Pull off and set aside.
    3. Heat a medium pot on medium high heat and add vegetable oil, onions, and red pepper. Saute for 3 to 4 minutes or until the onions are translucent. Add Cajun seasoning and rice; cook and stir for 1 minute. Add the Syrah Rose, stir for a few seconds, and strain the shrimp stock into the pot. Once it comes to a boil, turn the heat down to a simmer, cover, and cook for 20 minutes.
    4. Meanwhile, chop the shrimp and sausage into bite-sized pieces.
    5. Once rice is done, add peas, shrimp, and sausage and cook for another 2 minutes to heat through. Add salt and pepper to your taste. Garnish with chopped green onions.


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    Nutrition Facts

    Per Serving: 530 calories;23.8 g fat;44.4 g carbohydrates;29.9 g protein;195 mg cholesterol;948 mg sodium.Full nutrition
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