Cajun Jambalaya


Jambalaya, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is derived from the Proven├žal word ‘jambalaia’ which means mish-mash or mixup. It also means a pilaf of rice.

The other day was cold and damp and I wanted to make some easy comfort food. This recipe fit the bill perfectly. It’s a great one-pot meal that doesn’t take terribly long to cook. It’s a spicy dish but you can temper the spices to suit your taste. My husband and I enjoyed this and loved the leftovers. My boys wouldn’t touch it (no big surprise.)

Cajun Jambalaya

Recipe from Emeril Lagasse at

12 medium shrimp, peeled, deveined and chopped
4 ounces chicken, diced
1 tablespoon Creole seasoning*
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
1/4 cup chopped celery
2 tablespoons chopped garlic
1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
3 bay leaves
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon hot sauce
3/4 cup rice
3 cups chicken stock
5 ounces Andouille sausage, sliced
Salt and pepper

*Creole Seasoning
2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons garlic powder
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon dried thyme

Combine all ingredients thoroughly.

Yield: 2/3 cup

In a bowl combine shrimp, chicken and Creole seasoning, and using your hands, make sure the chicken and shrimp are completely covered in seasoning. In a large saucepan heat oil over high heat with onion, pepper and celery, 3 minutes. Add garlic, tomatoes, bay leaves, Worcestershire and hot sauces. Stir in rice and slowly add broth. Reduce heat to medium and cook until rice absorbs liquid and becomes tender, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes. When rice is just tender add shrimp and chicken mixture and sausage. Cook until meat is done, about 10 minutes more. Season to taste with salt, pepper and Creole seasoning.

Yield: 4 servings

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