Best-Ever Jambalaya

    2 hours 10 min

    A classic Louisiana dish, made by combining bacon, ham, chicken, smoked sausage, prawns, green pepper, onion, tomatoes, Cajun seasoning and rice. It's a very hearty one pot meal.

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    Serves: 12 

    • 6 rashers streaky bacon, cut into 2.5cm pieces
    • 125g celery, chopped
    • 1 green pepper, seeded and chopped
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 225g cooked ham, cubed
    • 225g cooked chicken, cubed
    • 225g smoked sausage, cubed
    • 2 (400g) tins chopped tomatoes, with liquid
    • 500ml beef stock
    • 500ml chicken stock
    • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
    • 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
    • 380g uncooked white rice
    • 225g small cooked and peeled prawns

    Prep:25min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Extra time:1hr5min  ›  Ready in:2hr10min 

    1. Heat a large pot over medium-high heat. Add bacon and cook until crisp. Remove bacon pieces with a slotted spoon and set aside. Add celery, pepper and onion to the bacon fat and cook until tender.
    2. Add the ham, chicken and sausage to the pot and pour in the tomatoes, beef stock and chicken stock. Season with thyme and Cajun seasoning. Bring to the boil and add the rice. Bring to the boil, then turn the heat to low, cover and simmer for about 20 minutes, until the rice is tender.
    3. Stir in the prawns and bacon just before serving and heat through.

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    Quite delicious!!! I cooked the rice separately and used 1 can crushed tomatoes, 1 can tomato sauce, and used large fresh shrimp. Some extra seasonings, garlic powder and a little sugar to cut bitterness of tomatoes (maybe 1/2 tsp). Finally I added in about a cup of frozen okra 5 min before it was done. Served over buttered white rice w/ crusty french bread. My hunny could eat this for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!  -  26 Jun 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Bubba, I love you. This recipe was AWESOME! My husband kept nudging me and telling me how good it was. I added more celery, onion, and bell pepper than I should have, but it was all the merrier. I didn't think it was going to be very good....until it all started to marry in the pot. YUUUUMMMMM. I even left out the bacon and shrimp, and it rocked!!!!! I used minute rice, boil in the bag, so I cooked the rice first, but not too much, and then poured it in the brew. That worked out really well. I'm always leary of cookin rice, I can screw that up fast! Uncle Ben's Boil in Bag is awesome.  -  28 Apr 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I liked this version better than the one I had in New Orleans. I had kielbasa on hand and was looking for a way to use it, so I thought that putting it in a jambalaya sounded good. I used Smart Balance to saute the veggies instead of bacon... the bacon sounded too heavy, plus in the south, everything is cooked in butter, right? I used extra creole seasoning, an extra teaspoon or maybe a little more and served it with Crystal hot sauce. Excellent! My eight year old agrees.  -  26 May 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)