One of my favorite trips that my husband and I took together was to New Orleans. It was not only our first trip together but our first real "foodie" trip. We ate our way through New Orleans like Pac Man. Gumbo, Po-boys, Crayfish, Oysters, Beignets, Pralines, and of course Jambalaya :)
Jambalaya is like mom's chicken noodle soup. It has the basic common ingredients but they all taste so different. Everyone has an opinion on how it should be made and what specific ingredients are "required".
I picked and pulled my recipe from various types I have had along the way.
Recipe Serves 6
3 Medium Chicken Breasts, cubed
4 Chorizo Sausages (cooked) or Keilbasa ring, sliced
1 lb Raw Shrimp
1 Green Pepper, finely chopped
1/2 Large Yellow Onion, finely chopped
4 Stalks of Celery, finely chopped
4 Garlic Cloves, minced
2 C White Rice
4 C Chicken Stock
2 TB Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 Tsp Cayenne
2 TB Cajun/ Old Bay Seasoning
2 TB Olive Oil
Chopped Parsley for garnish
Heat large pot on medium. Add oil.
Saute chicken cubes for 3-4 minutes or until cooked. Remove from pan.
Add veggies and garlic, cook for another 3 minutes, until soft
Stir in chorizo and seasonings (cayenee, cajun, and worcestershire) 3 minutes.
Add chicken back into pot.
Add rice and stock. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for 20 minutes or until rice is cooked.
Stir shrimp into pot. Allow to cook for 5 minutes or until shrimp is cooked.
Serve into bowl and top with parsley. ENJOY!
*** This dish saves very well as leftovers. Like soup it tastes better the second day :)