Florida Shrimp and Clams over Rice



1 pound large Florida shrimp, peeled and deveined
20 Florida middleneck clams, cleaned
2 Florida tomatoes, diced small
2 Florida bell peppers, seeded and chopped (your favorite color)
1 pound smoked sausage, sliced
1 medium onion, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
¼ stick butter
4 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 tablespoon seasoning blend (blackened, seafood or your favorite)
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
1 package yellow or Spanish rice
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste


Prepare rice mix as directed on package. Preheat a large sauté pan over medium-high heat and add the olive oil. Add onion, peppers, garlic and sausage. Cook ingredients until slightly caramelized, about 4 minutes. Add shrimp, clams and seasoning blend. Stir ingredients and cover. Cook ingredients until shrimp are almost cooked throughout and clams have started to open, about 4 minutes. Add diced tomatoes and butter. Stir ingredients to combine. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. Serve over cooked rice. Garnish with chopped parsley. [fresh from florida]