Updated: May 21, 2019
Jambalaya is a dish created by Louisiana chefs who basically "sweep up the kitchen" and toss everything into a pot. It varies quite a bit kitchen by kitchen, but all around is agreed to be a rice dish with any combination of smoked sausage, seafood, fowl, beef or pork, as well as celery, peppers and often tomatoes.
Jambalaya is a dish created by Louisiana chefs who basically "sweep up the kitchen" and toss everything into a pot.
Over the years it has become a little more consistent place by place, but each chef still creates their dish with variations. The recipe below can be made with sustainable shrimp, organic chicken and local sausage or it can be made vegetarian by omitting the seafood and using a sausage alternative.
People often confuse jambalaya with gumbo, but they are quite different. While jambalaya is a stew-like soup created by using an array of ingredients, gumbo is a thick, robust roux-based soup. There are thousands of variations of gumbo, such as shrimp or seafood gumbo, chicken or duck gumbo and gumbo with red meat or pork.
Although there are a few steps in this recipe, it is really easy to make and is a dish that tastes even better the next day. If you are planning dinner for the evening or making food for a party, this is sure to satisfy.
Grab your apron and laissez les bon temps rouler!
(lay-zay lay bon ton rule-ay!)
(Let the good times roll!)
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