SOURCE: Zatarain's


December 01, 2011 08:00 ET

Easy Ways to Jazz Up Your Holiday Parties

Create Simple One-Pot Meals That Guests Can Customize

NEW ORLEANS, LA--(Marketwire - Dec 1, 2011) - You don't have to be a gourmet chef to host a great holiday party for family and friends.

There are easy ways to jazz up your gathering that still leave you time to enjoy the party. New Orleans Chef John Besh says holiday meals should focus on memorable, easy-to-prepare dishes that amp up the flavors on your menu. The secret to holiday entertaining is making crowd-pleasing dishes in advance so you don't spend the entire party in the kitchen.

"I like to create large one-pot meals that everyone can customize to their own tastes," says Chef Besh. "Jambalaya is an easy dish perfect for large holiday gatherings. Start with Zatarain's Jambalaya Mix -- it provides a great flavorful base. Then let guests mix in their own pork, smoked sausage and bacon, along with their choice of vegetables and seasonings for a fun, lively meal they'll remember for years to come."

Visit Zatarain's Facebook page or for tips from Chef Besh and recipes to bring home the big flavors of New Orleans.

About Zatarain's
Since 1889, Zatarain's has been the authority on the fun and flavor of New Orleans. From its humble beginnings producing root beer extract, the company has grown to make more than 200 food products from Rice Dinner Mixes, Frozen Entrees, Pasta Dinner Mixes, Breadings, Seasonings and Spices to Seafood Boils, Creole Mustard and other products based on authentic New Orleans-Style recipes and seafood preparation. Now, people around the world recognize that to capture the true flavor of New Orleans cuisine, you have to "Jazz It Up with Zatarain's." For information, recipes and Zatarain's online store, visit

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