Anyway, we had a great Christmas and have just put Will and Reese to bed for the night. Tomorrow morning, I'll be headed up to Ohio to collect Ben and Jonah through the New Year. But before I go to sleep tonight, I wanted to give the gift of a great recipe I use to make jambalaya.
Why jambalaya of all things? Well, Tammy and I are on our second straight year in establishing a Christmas tradition of having jambalaya for lunch. If you've hit your limit on traditional holiday foods, such as turkey and ham, then jambalaya may literally spice up the holidays for you.
Here's my jambalaya recipe:
2 tablespoons olive oil
8 oz diced ham
8 oz sausage
1 large onion (or 1 tablespoon of chopped onion seasoning)
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon thyme
2 tablespoon parsley
1-1/2 cups chicken stock
1-1/2 cups rice (white or brown)
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1-1/2 tablespoon hot sauce (I prefer Frank's Red Hot sauce)
14 oz can of diced tomatoes
1 green bell pepper
2 tablespoons dry white wine (I prefer chardonay)
4 oz cooked, peeled shrimp
- Heat oil in sauce pan and fry ham, sausage and onion for 3 minutes.
- Add garlic, thyme and parsley. Stir well.
- Add chicken stock, rice, cayenne pepper and hot sauce. Mix well.
- Add tomatoes with juice. Again, mix well.
- Bring contents to boil while stirring well. Then, cover and simmer on low heat for 15 minutes.
- After 15 minutes is up, stir in bell pepper and wine. Then, cover and cook for 3 more minutes.
- Add shrimp to mixture and cook for another 5-10 minutes.
You can add more hot sauce to this dish, but I find it's better to go easy on the hot sauce while cooking. After all, it's easier to add more spice at the dinner table than it is to take spice away.
Enjoy! And again, Merry Christmas!
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