Andouille and Shrimp or Chicken with Homemade Cream Biscuits and Tomato Gravy

Aired December 15, 2011

Serves 4
For the Biscuits:
4 cups flour
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons baking powder
2 sticks cold butter, diced
1 3/4 cups heavy cream, plus additional for brushing
4 tablespoons butter
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 small green bell pepper, finely chopped
1 small rib celery, finely chopped
1 jalapeo pepper, seeded and finely chopped
2-3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
Salt and pepper
1/2 cup chicken stock
2 cans 15 ounces diced tomatoes with green chilies
1/4 to 1/3 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons EVOO - Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 pound Andouille sausage, diced or sliced on an angle
1 pound large deveined shrimp or diced dark meat chicken

Preheat oven to 375F.

For biscuits, combine flour, sugar and baking powder in a bowl. Work butter into biscuits with fingertips then stir in cream and combine, roll out dough on a floured surface to an inch thick and cut 3-inch round biscuits. Arrange biscuits on a baking sheet and brush heavy cream. Bake for 20 minutes until golden brown.

While biscuits bake, melt butter in a saut pan over medium to medium-high heat. Add onions, peppers, celery, jalapeo and garlic as you chop them. Season with salt and pepper, and stir 3-4 minutes. Add stock and tomatoes to vegetables and stir to combine. When the tomatoes are hot, stir in cream and simmer gravy for 10 minutes to thicken a bit.

Heat a large, nonstick skillet over medium-high heat with EVOO. Add Andouille and render; add shrimp or chicken and cook until shrimp are pink or chicken pieces are cooked through.

Serve hot biscuits alongside sausage and shrimp or chicken topped with lots of gravy.