A spicy & flavorful one-pot Louisiana dish full of rice, sausage, shrimp, and veggies.
Disclosure: By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by USA Rice Federation and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.
So when I found out the Recipe ReDux was having a Think Rice for National Nutrition Month Recipe Contest, I knew that I’d be making Red Beans and Rice. Oh wait… I just did that. Ha!
Next best Equally delicious thing? Jambalaya. That definitely makes me think rice.
I’m pretty sure that almost every old cookbook that I know by heart & love has at least 50 recipes with rice in it or the recipe suggests serving with rice.
These people were clearly onto something… U.S.-grown Rice is great because it’s inexpensiveÂ and super versatile. It’s also a healthy whole grain if you get a whole grain option; I use brown rice in this jambalaya and it’s almost impossible to notice the difference between brown or white! Plus, rice is gluten free for your gluten-avoiding friends. Oh and it’s sustainable and GMO-free. Rice has a place on anyone’s table.
Truth be told, cooking rice really used to stress me out. The thought of not being able to take the top off of a pot just doesn’t sit well with my impatient self. And then I found the perfect way to make rice and I’ve been cooking rice this way ever since. It’s life changing.
However, there’s no need to worry about rice cooking for this Jambalaya. The rice cooks right in the dish.
According to the original recipe, it states that I am not supposed to take the top off. Yeah… that’s not gonna happen. I can’t not take the top off when I’m cooking. I. just. can’t. do. it.
Naturally, I took the top off a few times to take a quick peak and my jambalaya still turned out yummy. So, you can rest assured that if you are
impatient eager like me, your jambalaya will still be amazing if you take off the top a few times while it’s cooking.
While we’re on the topic of keys to making this perfect jambalaya, I need to tell you that it’s important that you don’t skip the bacon. That would be a crime. I’m not suggesting that you go cook everything in bacon grease, I just really think that the teeny tiny bit of bacon grease used to cook this giant pot of goodness is worth it*. Two teaspoons of bacon to make 10 cups; that’s it.
The original recipe calls for just shrimp, but I like a combination of shrimp and sausage because I think the sausage helps bring out a little extra bacon flavor and it adds yummy spiciness to it. I used chicken andouille style sausage and used just a little bit.
And that’s it. Jambalaya is a crowd pleaser and it freezes well. Plus, it’s even better as leftover.
I serve mine with some hot sauce because it’s the right thing to do. Add some crumbled bacon and chopped green onions and you’re in heaven.
What You'll Need:
- 3 slices bacon center-cut
- 8 oz andouille sausage
- 2 onions about 2 cups, diced
- 1 green bell pepper about 1 cup, diced
- 4 stalks celery about 1 cup, diced
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 3/8 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- 15 ounce can no salt added diced tomatoes
- 8 ounce can no salt added tomato sauce
- 1 cup water or unsalted chicken broth
- 1 1/2 TBSP Worcestershire sauce
- 1 1/2 cups U.S.-grown brown rice
- 1 1/2 lbs peeled shrimp
- 2 green onions chopped
- hot sauce for serving
How to Make It:
Put bacon in a dutch oven and cook over medium heat. Remove bacon and set aside.
Add sausage to bacon grease and cook until lightly browned, about 8 minutes. Remove sausage and set aside.
Add diced onions, bell pepper, and celery to dutch oven. Sauté for 5 minutes; do not brown veggies.
Stir in garlic, salt, paprika, red pepper flakes, and cayenne pepper. Stir for 30 seconds and add in tomatoes with their juices, tomato sauce, water or broth, Worcestershire sauce, and rice. Stir well. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to a simmer. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
Stir in shrimp and sausage. Cover and simmer another 20-40 minutes, until most of the liquid has absorbed and the rice is cooked.
Serve with crumbled bacon, chopped green onions, and hot sauce if desired. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes*Substitute bacon grease with 2 teaspoons of butter or olive oil.
*I used chicken andouille sausage *Makes 11 cups
*If you don’t agree with me, feel free to substitute with two teaspoons of olive oil or butter.
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