Q&A: What the heck should I cook for my in-laws?

Question by SpringChick: What the heck should I cook for my in-laws?
So, I’m a white girl married to a very American Mexican man. His family tends to cook traditional Mexican meals & once in while meatball sandwiches or hamburgers.

I love to cook & want to make them a the Cajun dish of red beans & rice (sorta like gumbo) with a salad & bread. After I told him, he made a comment that his family is Mexican. I know his family well & think they’d like it. I think it is just him wanting his mom to cook. I don’t want to put them to work when they come down. What should I cook? I thought about carnitas tacos, sticking with what I want to cook or giving up & ordering out. Open to ANY suggestions…

Best answer:

Answer by KIM W
Jambalaya is a classic favorite heres the recipe:

* 6 slices bacon, cut into 1 inch pieces
* 1 cup chopped celery
* 1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
* 1 onion, chopped
* 1/2 pound cubed cooked ham
* 1/2 pound cubed cooked chicken
* 1/2 pound cubed smoked sausage
* 2 (14.5 ounce) cans crushed tomatoes, with liquid
* 2 cups beef broth
* 2 cups chicken broth
* 1 teaspoon dried thyme
* 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
* 2 cups uncooked white rice
* 1/2 pound salad shrimp

1. Heat a large pot over medium-high heat. Add bacon, and cook until crisp. Remove bacon pieces with a slotted spoon, and set aside. Add celery, bell pepper, and onion to the bacon drippings, and cook until tender.
2. Add the ham, chicken and sausage to the pot, and pour in the tomatoes, beef broth and chicken broth. Season with thyme and Cajun seasoning. Bring to a boil, and add the rice. Bring to a boil, then turn the heat to low, cover, and simmer for about 20 minutes, until the rice is tender.
3. Stir in the shrimp and bacon just before serving, and heat through. If you use uncooked shrimp, let it cook for about 5 minutes before serving.

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