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Cajun Carnival Jambalaya


About the Dish:

Jambalaya is a popular dish in Creole and Cajun cuisine that originated in Louisiana. It is a hearty and flavorful one-pot meal that combines rice with a variety of meats, vegetables, and spices. The dish is known for its bold flavors and complex taste profile.

Jambalaya typically includes ingredients such as sausage, chicken, shrimp, onions, bell peppers, celery, and tomatoes. The meats and vegetables are sautéed together to create a flavorful base, which is then simmered with rice and chicken broth until the flavors meld together and the rice is cooked.

The dish is seasoned with a combination of spices including paprika, cayenne pepper, thyme, and bay leaves, which give it a spicy and aromatic flavor. Jambalaya is often served with a side of cornbread or crusty French bread to soak up the flavorful sauce.

Nutrition Information:

Nutrient Amount
Total Fat 15g
Saturated Fat 5g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 80mg
Sodium 900mg
Total Carbohydrates 40g
Dietary Fiber 3g
Sugars 4g
Protein 20g


Ingredient Quantity
Sausage (Andouille) 1 pound
Chicken (boneless, skinless) 1 pound
Shrimp (peeled and deveined) 1 pound
Onion (diced) 1
Bell Pepper (diced) 1
Celery (diced) 2 stalks
Tomatoes (diced) 2
Garlic (minced) 3 cloves
Rice 2 cups
Chicken Broth 4 cups
Paprika 1 teaspoon
Cayenne Pepper 1/2 teaspoon
Thyme 1/2 teaspoon
Bay Leaves 2
Salt To taste
Black Pepper To taste

Cooking Instructions:

  • Step 1: Heat a large Dutch oven or pot over medium heat. Add the sausage and cook until browned. Remove the sausage from the pot and set aside.
  • Step 2: In the same pot, add the chicken and cook until browned on all sides. Remove the chicken from the pot and set aside.
  • Step 3: Add the onion, bell pepper, and celery to the pot and sauté until the vegetables are softened. Add the garlic, tomatoes, paprika, cayenne pepper, thyme, and bay leaves. Cook for a few minutes until the spices are fragrant.
  • Step 4: Add the rice and chicken broth to the pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and cover. Simmer for about 20-25 minutes, or until the rice is cooked and the liquid has been absorbed.
  • Step 5: While the rice is cooking, chop the cooked sausage and chicken into bite-sized pieces. Add the sausage, chicken, and shrimp to the pot and stir to combine. Cook for an additional 5-7 minutes, or until the shrimp are pink and cooked through.
  • Step 6: Season the jambalaya with salt and black pepper to taste. Serve hot with a side of cornbread or crusty French bread.

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