Collection by Carol

Sausage and Shrimp Gumbo

Rating: 4.5 stars 58
This classic Cajun dish with sliced smoked sausage, shrimp, bell peppers and okra in a rich broth is ladled into bowls over rice.

Black Beans and Rice

Rating: 4.5 stars 1288
Quick stovetop black beans and rice with canned beans, onions, and cumin.

Chef John's Sausage & Shrimp Jambalaya

Rating: 4.5 stars 785
Enjoy a hearty rice stew with shrimp and sausage, stewed full of flavor.

Spicy Tuna Rice Bowl

Rating: 4.5 stars 59
This dish strikes a perfect balance between protein, starch, and flavor.

Lion's Head Meatballs

Rating: 5 stars 28
People throw out the term melt-in-your-mouth pretty casually, but these lion's head meatballs really are. Some people think the name comes from their large size, while others believe eating these gives you the strength of a lion, but the actual answer is not quite as mythical. The look of this crinkled-up napa cabbage reminded the inventors of this dish of a lion's mane. This can be served as-is, or with noodles added to the bowl.

Hoppin' Juan

Rating: 5 stars 8
My grandma always made Hoppin' John on New Year's Day when I was growing up in Virginia. I now live in New Mexico and decided to put a hot Southwestern spin on the recipe this year, hence the name. It's simple and tasty, and has some heat. I only added two jalapenos, but you could add more if you like it hotter. If you don't like hot food, you might want to eliminate the jalapenos completely. My husband and I both loved it.