Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Jambalaya: Hot Stuff for a Cold Day!

Trying to feed my family warm comfort food that is not loaded with unnecessary fat and calories can be hard to do. We all love soup, but we all love different soups. I thought the jambalaya would be a big hit because we all love all the ingredients. I loosely followed Emeril's Mardi Gras Jambalaya -- well, we'll just say (as Randy Jackson would) that I took his and made it my own!

1 red bell pepper, finely diced
1 yellow pepper, finely diced
3 stalks celery, finely diced
1 medium to large onion, finely diced
4 Tbs Olive oil
1 lb chicken breast, trimmed and cut into bite sized pieces
1lb chicken sausage
1 1/2 cups of excellent quality jarred salsa
2 cartons organic chicken broth
1 1/2 cups of rice
2 bay leaves
Emeril's Essence (Recipe follows)

Emeril's ESSENCE Creole Seasoning (also referred to as Bayou Blast):
2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons garlic powder
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon dried thyme
Combine all ingredients thoroughly.
Yield: 2/3 cup
This creole seasoning is fabulous and should be a staple in your pantry!

Traditional jambalaya does not use salsa but chopped or canned tomatoes. I like the ease of the salsa and the additional flavors it brings to this dish. I also use salsa in my Tortilla Soup.


In a large pan saute sausage. (I remove  bite-sized bits from the casing and toss them into the pan) When sausage is nicely browned -- the darker the better -- place into a paper towel lined bowl. Add 2 tbs of olive oil to the pan and toss in vegetables. Cook until nicely browned. Add 1 tsp of Emeril's Essence. When done, add the vegetables to the bowl the sausages are in. Add 2 more tablespoons of olive oil to the pan and add the cubed chicken. Season with another teaspoon or so of Emeril's Essence. Cook until well browned. Add to bowl.

In a large sauce pan cook the rice per directions on the box. When the rice is done add the broth, salsa, bay leaves, meat and veggies. Simmer until ready to serve.

We sliced up and toasted a Parmesan baguette and used it to sop up the broth. Fabulous!


Boo said...

So nice!
It taste must be delicious!

Donna-FFW said...

Oh that does sound perfect for a chilly day. Emerils recipes have never let me down. He has some good stuff!!

Anonymous said...

That looks yummy... But, as a life-long resident of south Louisiana, I can tell you that is NOT jambalaya! It looks more like Gumbo. Jambalaya doesn't have any juice left over... It's mostly rice. Yours still looks tempting, though :)

Lanie said...

YUM! Looks good Jess! I linked to this in my Friday Favorites... come on over and get an "I was featured" button if you like. ~Lanie