Jambalaya, Shrimp and Sausage

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Source: Food Network

Servings/Yield: 8 servings

Preparation Times
- Cook: 90 Minutes
- Prep: 90 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 lb. sausage, such as kielbasa or andouille, sliced
  • 1 lb. smoked ham, cubed
  • lb. medium shrimp, deveined (20 to 24 count)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 green bell pepper, cored and diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, cored and diced
  • 1 cup seeded and diced tomato
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced OR 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 2 teaspoons diced fresh oregano
  • 1 teaspoon diced fresh thyme
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 6 cups chicken stock, preferably homemade
  • 3 cups long-grain rice, rinsed
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 to 8 dashes hot sauce, optional (recommended: Tabasco)
  • ½ cup chopped scallions, divided
  • ¾ cup chopped fresh parsley, divided
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

Method

  1. Heat the oil in a large Dutch oven or black iron pot over medium heat, add the kielbasa and saute for 8 to 10 minutes, until browned. Remove the kielbasa to a bowl, and set aside. Add the ham to the same pot and cook 8 to 10 minutes, until lightly browned. Remove to the bowl with the kielbasa, and set aside. Add the butter, onion, celery and peppers to the same pot and saute for 8 to 10 minutes, until the onion is translucent. Add the tomato, garlic, jalapeno or cayenne, oregano, thyme, and tomato paste and cook until all the vegetables and herbs are blended well. Add the stock and bring to a rolling boil. Stir in the rice, and add the sausage, ham, bay leaves, salt, pepper and hot sauce. Return to a boil, reduce the heat to low and simmer, covered, for 20 minutes. Add 1/4 cup of the scallions, 1/4 cup of the parsley, the lemon juice and the shrimp, and stir well. Cover the pot, remove it from the heat and allow the jambalaya steam, for 15 minutes, before serving.
  2. Garnish with the remaining 1/4 cup scallions and 1/2 cup parsley, and a dash of hot sauce, if desired.

Note: Cooking time is about 1 1/2 hours. Prep time is best with 2 people chopping.

Sample timeline:

  • 5:30 Saute kielbasa 8-10 minutes
  • 5:40 Saute ham 8-10 minutes
  • 5:50 Saute onion, celery and peppers
  • 6:00 Add tomato, garlic, jalapeño, oregano, thyme and tomato paste - cook until blended
  • 6:10 Add stock, bring to rolling boil
  • 6:15 Stir in rice, sausage, ham, bay leaves, salt, pepper and hot sauce, return to boil
  • 6:20 Reduce heat, simmer for 20 minutes
  • 6:40 Add scallions, parsley, lemon juice and shrimp. Cover, remove from heat, steam for 15 minutes
  • 6:50 Ready - garnish with scallions and parsley
© Jay Deitch 2013