"I had to show some love for New Orleans."
Pell is known primarily for cooking up music in the studio, but as a New Orleans native, he's also pretty experienced in making Jambalaya, Louisiana's signature dish. Of Spanish and French influence, the meat, vegetable, and rice mix is an ambitious undertaking, but Pell's instructions should give you the confidence you need to get the best -- and spiciest -- results. "Today, I'm gonna be teaching y'all how to cook some Jambalaya. I am from New Orleans, that's why I felt this was right. I'm dropping a new music video called "Patience," so I had to show some love for New Orleans," he explained, deeming his his very casual cooking special the hilarious title Pell's Kitchen.
One thing Pell made sure to enforce was that the Jambalaya be as hot as possible. "I prefer something that's really hot and spicy, so try and find the hottest. I prefer that hot shit, HoNewHipHop, that HotNewSausage," he said. "You need to feel the sweat. I recommend you get some Tony Chachere's or you get some Louisiana hot sauce to kick it up a notch. Emerald is one of my favorites."
If you're looking to take Chef Pell's advice, you can check out his full list of ingredients below.
1 cup water
1 tbsp olive oil
1 cup onion
1 cup bell pepper
1 tbsp minced garlic
6 ounces Andouille sausage
1 cup white rice
2 cups chicken broth
1 tbsp tomato paste
1 14 oz can diced tomatoes
1 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp onion powder
1 bay leaf
Pell's video for "Patience," his recent collaboration with London On Da Track, is already out via Red Bull Sound Select (check it out after the jump.) You can listen to the song here. The N.O. rapper also worked with London on the follow-up release "Late At Night." He released his debut album Floating While Dreaming in 2014. Stream and download the project here.
Check out all of Pell's upcoming tour dates below too:
October 15 - Austin, TX - ACL Music Festival
October 28 - New Orleans, LA - Voodoo Music + Arts Experience
October 29 - Atlanta, GA - Vinyl
October 31 - Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade
November 1 - Washington DC - Songbyrd
November 7 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex
November 9 - San Francisco, CA - Brick & Mortar Music Hall
November 18 - Chicago, IL - Red Bull Sound Select Presents: 30 Days in Chicago - Metro with Aminé