Sunday, February 12, 2012

New Orlean's Style Jambalaya

As many of you know, one of my favourite cities in this whole wide world is New Orleans. And not just for the party - which, as a long time party, erm, divah, I can assure you is outstanding - but for the people, the sites, the sounds, and the food.

New Orleans has a gastronomic history that is as rich as it is flavourful and there is an essence to the cooking that you just can't find anywhere else. Whether eating rich gumbos flavoured by nutty brown roux, sweet and spicy shrimp etoufee, light as air beignets, or the legendary chicken wings at Jimmy Buffets - with a mojito s'il vous plait - the experience of this magical city from a foodie point of view is nothing short of heaven.

I have always felt an intense connection to New Orleans and the spirit of a community who despite every odd, picked itself up and kept the party going.

"Laissez les bons temps rouler!"

When I was last there I ate so many amazing things - but perhaps the dish that reminds me most of the Big Easy is jambalaya, a meal that is as slow and simple as the city itself. A dish that understands the soulful melody of comfort on a plate.

For step by step instructions on how to put this beautiful dish together, please view the video or visit the printable recipe HERE.

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 Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Serves: 8

Start by making up your own creole seasoning blend. I use a recipe from Emeril Lagasse
  • 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. Store in a glass jar with a tight fitting lid.

This is an excellent spice blend for chicken, fish, gumbos, soups, and stews.

Ingredients for Jambalaya
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 4-6 chorizo, andouille, or Italian sausages diced
  • jumbo prawns, head and tails removed (about two large handfuls - really, as much as you like)
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 red pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 2 large cloves chopped garlic
  • 1 Tbsp creole seasoning mix
  • 2 cups uncooked white rice
  • 4 cups low sodium chicken stock
  • 1 540 ml can stewed tomatoes (I use Aylmer's black pepper and olive oil)
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1-2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce (I like two)

  1. Coat the shrimp and chicken in one tbsp creole mix.
  2. Heat oil in a large pot over medium high heat. Saute chicken, sausage, and shrimp until lightly browned, about 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in onion, bell pepper, celery and garlic.
  4. Cook 5 minutes, or until onion is tender and translucent.
  5. Add rice and stir around until rice begins to toast a bit.
  6. Stir in chicken stock, can of tomatoes, and bay leaves. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover, and simmer app. 20 minutes, or until rice is tender.
  7. Stir in the Worcestershire sauce and hot pepper sauce.



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  1. I love new Orleans, but have never been there for Fat Tuesday. Some day... Your Jambalaya looks wonderful!

  2. Thankyou for the comment. I will celebrate fat Tuesday from here on Vancouver Island :-)