Jambalaya Recipe

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Karla Boyle


My Grandpa played a huge role in my childhood; one of his favorite songs was Jambalaya by Hank Williams Sr.
I used to tell him that I would learn how to make jambalaya some day.

I use an Italian Sausage in mine, but play with different types of sausage to find your favorite taste / heat combination.

UPDATE: Our family all gathered in Utah last month for a small family reunion. I fixed Jambalaya for the family, my 93 year old grandpa loved it and kept going back for more!

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15 Min
1 Hr 30 Min


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1/2 lb
1/2 lb
chicken and apple sausage
1/2 lb
italian sausage, mild
chicken breast, boneless, skinless
fresh ground black pepper
1/2 large
onion, chopped
bell pepper, seeded and chopped
celery stalks, chopped
2 clove
garlic, minced
1 c
white rice, uncooked
1 c
wild rice, uncooked
1 tsp
bay leaves
1 Tbsp
smoked paprika
1/2 tsp
cayenne pepper
1 tsp
celery salt
14 1/2 oz
tomatoes, canned italian-style and diced
3 c
chicken stock
1/2 lb
wild american shrimp, peeled and deveined
scallions, chopped

How to Make Jambalaya


  • 1Heat a large empty pot over high heat until it is hot, then reduce the heat to medium.
  • 2remove casings from sausage and cut uncooked bacon into 1/2 inch bites
  • 3Render the bacon and sausages in the hot pot, stirring slowly with a long wooden spoon. While the pork is rendering, season the chicken with salt and pepper. Add the chicken to the pot, stirring, and cook until the chicken becomes golden brown, about 5 minutes.
  • 4remove meats (chicken is undercooked) and add the onions to the pot and allow them to caramelize, about 15 minutes. Add the bell peppers, celery, and garlic and cook for about 5 minutes. Continue stirring from time to time so that everything in the pot cooks evenly. Return the meat to pot.
  • 5Next add the rice, thyme, bay leaves, paprika, cayenne, ½ tablespoon salt, 1 teaspoon black pepper, and the celery salt to the pot and cook, stirring often for 3 minutes.
  • 6Increase the heat to high and add the tomatoes and chicken stock to the pot, Bring the stock to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium low, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • 7While the rice is cooking in the covered pot, season the shrimp with salt and pepper and save them, along with the green onions, to be added at the last minutes.
  • 8After the rice as simmered for 15 minutes, go ahead and remove the lid from the pot and fold in the shrimp and green onions. Turn off the heat and let everything continue to cook in the hot covered pot for an additional 10 minutes. Remove the lid, fluff the jambalaya and serve with warm crusty bread

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Course/Dish: Chicken, Fish
Hashtags: #rice, #shrimp

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