Cajun Jambalaya


Cajun Jambalaya

Jambalaya is a fantastic one pot meal which is not only easy to prepare, it’s economical, it feeds a large crowd, and leftovers can easily be frozen. To make life even easier, double the recipe and freeze half for another day. This version uses cooked ham and smoked sausage so a lot of the cooking time and effort is reduced ever further. If you can’t find flavoured rice, white or whole grain rice can be substituted.

  • Ingredients:
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 cup diced green pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 3 cups diced cooked ham,
  • 1 cup sliced smoked sausage
  • 2 tablespoons cajun seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon seasoning salt
  • Fresh cracked pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 package Uncle Bens tomato flavoured rice
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, including juice
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley or green onion for garnish

directions:

Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium low heat. Add the celery, onion, green pepper and garlic cook for 5 minutes or until the onion starts to soften. Add the ham and the sausage and continue cooking, browning the meat on all sides. Approx 5 minutes more. Add seasonings and bay leaves and stir. Next add the rice, tomatoes with juice, and chicken stock. Bring to a boil and stir. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to sit for 5-10 minutes until all the liquid is absorbed. Serve with a sprinkle of fresh parsley.

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