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« on: June 07, 2010 10:13:09 AM »

After some gentle nudging from an awesome swap organizer, pinkleo, and her partner in crime, jennieingram (who says she enjoyed this recipe), I am posting my hubby's version of Jambalaya.

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Ingredients:
1 large chicken breast, boiled and shredded
1.5 lbs Cajun sausage (smoked sausage may be substituted), sliced
1 cup celery, chopped
1 cup onoin, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes, with juice
1.5 cups converted rice
1 bay leaf
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 tsp dried basil
2 envelopes Lipton Onion Soup Mix
7 cups water
1 lb shrimp, no tails, no shells, deveined
2 Tbps vegetable oil

Instructions:
- Heat oil in large stock pot over medium heat
- Add chicken and sausage. Cook until starts to brown, stirring occasionally

- Add celery, onion, garlic, spices/herbs. Cook until the veggies start to sweat, stirring occasionally

- Add tomatoes with juice. Cook until "they get a little juicy" (a couple mins)
- Add soup mix and water. Stir and bring to a boil. This is where i add the bay leaf, but you can add it at any time, really.

- Add rice. Continue boiling until most of the liquids have been absorbed. Be sure to scrape the bottom of the pot when stirring after the rice starts to absorb the liquids or it might burn.
- Add shrimp and continue cooking until shrimp are cooked (about 5 mins).
-Remove from heat and serve! Keep an eye out for that bay leaf. It's not poisonous, but it does not soften while cooking and could cut your mouth or throat. You don't want to hurt anyone with your cooking, so remove it! Wink


Notes:
I find it difficult sometimes to find cajun sausage. Jewel used to carry it, but the one by me stopped for some reason. Now I find it at Dominick's. If you can't find cajun sausage, you can substitute smoked sausage, it just won't be as spicy.  This is the brand I use:

If you do not like or cannot eat pork, this sausage also comes in a chicken variety.

The packages of sausage come in 1lb, so I use 2lbs of sausage. For this batch I also used 2 med chicken breast instead of 1 large. It's all i had and I like chicken.
I also kind of guestimate the celery and onion. For this batch I used half of a large white onion and 4 stalks of celery.  When hubby cooks, he guestimates the spices as well.
You can really substitute any meats you like (or don't like). I am not a huge fan of shrimp, so we normally don't put in the shrimp. I did use shrimp for this batch; partially because i knew I would be taking pics, and partially as a treat for hubby. Smiley
With the cajun sausage and the cayenne pepper, this is a spicy dish. If you don't like spicy you can eliminate the cayenne and use smoked sausage instead of cajun. If you want more heat, add more cayenne!
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« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2010 10:45:40 AM »

Cheesy jennie & I are nudgers...especially when it comes to recipes & swaps Grin

This looks yummy!  I'm buying my ingredients for this week.

THANK YOU for sharing! Kiss
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« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2010 11:29:00 AM »

mmmmm... that looks so good!! I am definitely going to give it a try soon Smiley thanks for posting
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« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2010 10:08:55 AM »

Yay! If you guys make it, let me know how you like it Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2010 07:26:43 PM »

ooh I need to try this! we use boxed jambalaya mix every so often but this would be way better! Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #5 on: August 19, 2010 09:15:57 AM »

I think this recipe is much better than the boxed stuff!  Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: August 24, 2010 10:53:55 PM »

The only Jambalaya I've ever had was from a pre-prepared box, I will definitely be trying this!
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« Reply #7 on: October 03, 2010 11:29:52 AM »

I just made this recipe for Saturday night dinner - and it was absolutely fantastic! We used Merguez sausage and it was piping spicy!

Thank you for sharing this!
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« Reply #8 on: October 03, 2010 01:08:35 PM »

Hooray!  I'm so glad you made it and even more so that you liked it!  Cheesy
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