Don’t Choose Sides This Superbowl

jambalaya

For real. Who needs to choose sides during the Superbowl? No, no, no, I don’t mean choosing sides when it comes to the teams – I mean choosing side dishes. Side dishes are overrated. And more clean-up. Two things I don’t love.

What I DO love is a simple, spicy, hearty dish to feed a crowd. And because this year’s Superbowl is being held in New Orleans, jambalaya is the obvious choice. I should know – I attended Loyola University in New Orleans. Let’s just say I didn’t do great. Studying in the Crescent city is hard; happy hour lasts for all day. And night. And the next day. And I think taking college algebra twice was fun because I already had the text-book and had met the teacher.

Here is my favorite take on this recipe. Add a bucket of New Orleans’ own Dixie Beer and you’re ready to les bon temp roule (that’s Cajun for let the good times roll)

Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya

Prep time: 15 minutes | Cook time: 30 minutes | Serves: 6

Ingredients:

  • 2 tb vegetable oil
  • 1 cup smoked ham, diced
  • 1 cup sausage diced
  • 2 cups uncooked chicken, diced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 2 cups long grain rice (white rice really is best in this recipe)
  • 1 cup tomatoes, chopped
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 3 cups shrimp, peeled and deveined

Directions:

  • Heat oil in a large, heavy pot
  • Add ham and sausage, brown lightly
  • Remove from pan and set aside
  • Add half of the onion celery and pepper to the pot, cooking until soft and browned
  • Toss in remaining veggies and garlic
  • Cook over medium heat until softened
  • Return meats to pot with all the seasonings
  • Cook for 5 minutes
  • Add rice and stir
  • Add tomatoes and stock
  • Bring mixture to a boil, lower heat, cover pot and simmer over low heat for 25 mins until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender
  • Add shrimp during th last 5 mins
  • When rice is complete, toss mixture, cover and let rest of 5 minutes
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