My Cookies know that the most important element of any and every recipe to me is flavor. And I wholeheartedly believe in building flavors. You never want to rely on one aspect of a dish for flavor. It’s best to add and build it with each component. This is especially true when slow cooking. It provides the perfect scenario to layer on the taste! And my Cajun style smothered potatoes does not slack in taste.
I love russet potatoes in this recipe. However, any will do. Skin on or off? Totally up to you. Use the sausage of your choice as well. You always have the option of browning the sausage before adding them into the crockpot. I opted not to. I just add them in first, and add the other ingredients on top. Doing so will allow all of the grease and flavor from the sausage to meld with the broth and liquid shrimp and crab boil concentrate. And when you mix it all together in the end….whoa! Yeah. Flavors unite!
Cajun or Creole Seasoning? Doesn’t matter.
I keep the seasoning super simple. The Cajun or Creole seasoning and the shrimp and crab boil does all of the work! Just make sure you evenly distribute the seasonings while sprinkling them on top. Also, we don’t need much liquid at all. I add a splash just to keep the potatoes from sticking. It helps move the cooking process along as well.
Save the Best for Last
Allow the shrimp to chill in the fridge until the potatoes are fully cooked. You don’t want to overcook the shrimp. I give them a good 10-20 minutes to cook in the slow cooker. This is just the right amount of time for the shrimp to cook completely and soak up all of those spices. No need to season the shrimp. There’s plenty of seasoning in the crockpot to cover them.
This is basically a complete meal on its own. I add a green salad and call it dinner! Garnish with some chopped, green onions for freshness and it’s time to eat!
Crockpot Cajun Smothered Potatoes with Sausage and Shrimp
- 1 lb smoked sausage coined
- 2 lbs russet potatoes diced in 1/2 pieces
- 1 diced onion
- 1 diced bell pepper
- 1 TBS minced garlic
- 2 TBS Cajun or creole seasoning
- 1 TBS onion powder
- 1 TBS Herbes de Provence or Italian seasoning
- 1/4 cup chicken broth
- 1 TBS liquid shrimp & crab boil concentrate Garlic & Onion flavor
- 1 lb uncooked shrimp
Spray the slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray
Add the sausage
Pour in the potatoes, onion, bell pepper, and garlic
Sprinkle the Cajun seasoning, onion powder, and Herbes de Provence evenly on top.
Mix the liquid shrimp and crab boil with the chicken broth
Pour the mixture into the slow cooker
Cover the cooker with the lid and cook on HIGH for 3 hrs or on LOW for 6 hrs
Add in the shrimp and continue cooking for an additional 20 minutes or until the shrimp are completely cooked.
Garnish with fresh green onions.