Jambalaya is a classic Creole dish that originated in Louisiana. It is a hearty and flavorful meal that typically includes a combination of meat, vegetables, and rice. Here is a recipe for how to make Jambalaya:
- 1 lb. Andouille sausage, sliced
- 1 lb. boneless chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces
- 1 lb. shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 bell pepper, diced
- 2 stalks celery, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 cups long-grain rice
- 3 cups chicken broth
- 1 can diced tomatoes
- 2 tsp Cajun seasoning
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
- Add the Andouille sausage and cook until browned, about 5 minutes. Remove the sausage from the pot and set it aside.
- In the same pot, add the chicken and cook until browned, about 5 minutes. Remove the chicken from the pot and set it aside.
- Add the shrimp to the pot and cook until pink and opaque, about 2-3 minutes. Remove the shrimp from the pot and set it aside.
- Add the onion, bell pepper, celery, and garlic to the pot and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
- Add the rice and stir to coat with the vegetables. Cook for 1-2 minutes.
- Add the chicken broth, diced tomatoes, Cajun seasoning, paprika, thyme, salt and pepper. Stir to combine.
- Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and cover the pot. Simmer for 18-20 minutes, or until the rice is cooked through and the liquid has been absorbed.
- Stir in the cooked sausage, chicken, and shrimp. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, or until heated through.
- Serve the Jambalaya hot, garnished with chopped fresh parsley or green onions if desired.
Jambalaya is a versatile dish that can be tailored to your taste. You can add more spices or even vegetables such as okra or eggplant. Some people also add seafoods such as crab or crawfish. You can also use different types of meats such as pork or turkey. This dish can be served as a one-pot meal or with a side of garlic bread or a salad. You can also serve it over a bed of white rice or cauliflower rice. The choices are endless but the end result should be a delicious and hearty dish that will satisfy your cravings.