For this post, we wanted to share the recipe we used to make Jambalaya for our friends, we like to get together at least two times a year to cook and make a party out of it. We used two different recipes and took bits and pieces from each, adding our own touches to make what has been the best Jambalaya we have tasted so far. This dish does come with some work, though. But, if you’re organized you can get all the ingredients chopped beforehand, and when it’s time to cook, you’ll have everything you need ready. We’ve included a video on how to clean shrimp, in case you need some help. This recipe serves a crowd, so we used two pots to make it, to ensure everything had enough room to cook. We simply divided the ingredients into two, and put everything in two pots. If we had used my dutch oven, though it is large, it would have been a disaster.
Jambalaya is a creole dish, from Louisiana with its roots in the French Quarter of New Orleans. It has Spanish influence, in that it resembles paella, but instead of using saffron, Jambalaya uses tomatoes. As time passed and French influence grew stronger in the area, new flavors as well as Caribbean spices were added to the mix, making it a unique dish.
There are different varieties, some use shrimp, others Andouille sausages, others both of these ingredients as well as chicken. Essentially, this is a broth flavored with vegetables, seafood, meats and raw rice. As the grains cook, they absorb all the flavors from the different ingredients, making Jambalaya a truly delicious and satisfying dish.
Since this was a cooking party, we needed something to nibble on while we cooked, so we made chunky guacamole to eat with natural corn chips.
Kitty & Helga