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    Jambalaya (Authentic)

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    2 hrs 20 mins

    20 mins

    2 hrs

    Alan Leonetti's Note:

    This is the BEST recipe for Jambalaya, directly from OLD NEW ORLEANS!

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    1. 1
      In a large pot, cover chicken with water and add the celery, quartered onion, and the 4 cloves of garlic. Boil until tender, approximately 1 hour.
    2. 2
      Reserve the stock. Remove the chicken from the bones & either cut, slice, cube or shred.
    3. 3
      In 5 cups of stock, cook rice until liquid is absorbed, about 25 minutes. The rice should be slightly moist.
    4. 4
      In a Dutch oven, saute the sausage and ham until slightly browned, about 3 to 5 minutes.
    5. 5
      Remove the sausage and ham from the Dutch oven and set aside.
    6. 6
      Add butter to Dutch oven and saute the chopped onion, green bell pepper and parsley until tender, about 3 minutes.
    7. 7
      Into the Dutch oven, add the chicken, sausage, ham, the 2 cloves of minced garlic, tomato paste, bay leaf, thyme, salt and pepper.
    8. 8
      Mix, and then add the rice and the cooked shrimp and mix thoroughly.
    9. 9
      Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, about 15 minutes.
    10. 10
      Remove bay leaf and serve.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on June 05, 2008


      I won a contest at work with this recipe, in the 'Best Overall' category. It takes a fair amount of prep time, but it is worth it - especially the chicken stock! My notes: add a can of diced tomatoes, save chicken stock to thin the 'sauce' and only combine with rice right before serving, or serve over rice. I will definitely be making this recipe again and again. *Note: It makes a LOT of jambalaya, so invite your family & friends over for the fun!

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    • on February 16, 2007


      Authentic, right down to the parsley and thyme! Converted rice really is easier because if you don't handle long grain rice correctly, you end up with a gloppy mess. Thanks for a perfect recipe every time!

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    • on March 23, 2014


      The base recipe was good, but I thought it was very bland. I added some Rotelle tomatoes with chiles, and lots of Creole seasoning to liven it up. Then it was wonderful!

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    Nutritional Facts for Jambalaya (Authentic)

    Serving Size: 1 (558 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 1072.5
    Calories from Fat 521
    Total Fat 57.9 g
    Saturated Fat 20.2 g
    Cholesterol 316.2 mg
    Sodium 3391.6 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 62.1 g
    Dietary Fiber 3.3 g
    Sugars 6.8 g
    Protein 71.5 g

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