Jambalaya

This is one of my kid’s favorite recipes.  The grandkids love it too!  It’s so simple and tasty.

Ingredients

  • 2 boxes of Jambalaya Rice as above
  • 1 bag of frozen, raw, large shrimp (26/30 count) defrosted
  • Half yellow bell pepper
  • Half red bell pepper
  • 8 Spicy Sausage (my family like the chicken/basil sausages from Aldi)
  • 1 large onion
  • 3 large cloves garlic
  • 3 heaped tablespoons of fresh salsa (if you don’t have that use 3 tbsp crushed tinned tomatoes)
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1 handful of fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

 

Method

  1. Chop onions and peppers finely.  Crush garlic and mince.
  2. Chop the sausage into large bite sized pieces.
  3. Prepare the rice according to the box.  Make sure you don’t cook the rice until mushy!
  4. Once the rice is cooked, drain and set to one side.
  5. Add the butter to a hot pan and cook the shrimp for a few minutes until pink and set to one side.
  6. Add the oil to the pan and cook the sausage until it starts to get a little crispy.  Add the onions, peppers and garlic until the onions and peppers are soft on a medium heat.  Make sure the garlic does not burn.
  7. Add all the rest of the ingredients (except shrimp) and cook for a couple of minutes until the rice is heated through.  Now add the shrimp and cook on a medium/low heat until the shrimp are heated through, about a minute or two.  Make sure none of this burns.  Add a little more oil to the bottom of the pain if necessary.  Remove from heat and leave for about 5 minutes or so, remove the bay leaves and then serve.
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