Prep 30 mins
Cook 35 mins
From Emeril Lagasse (sp?) on Food Network. Posting it for safekeeping, haven't tried.
- 1⁄4 cup vegetable oil
- 2 cups chopped yellow onions
- 1 cup chopped green bell pepper
- 1 cup chopped celery
- 1⁄8 cup chopped garlic
- 3⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 3⁄8 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1⁄8 teaspoon cayenne
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 lb kielbasa or 1 lb other cooked sausage, cut into 6 to 8-inch segments
- 2 cooked turkey legs
- 2 lbs cubed cooked turkey
- 1 cup chopped tomato, and their juices
- 1 1⁄4 cups medium-grain white rice (about 1 1/8 pounds)
- 8 cups water
- 1⁄2 cup chopped green onion
- 1⁄4 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves
Essence (use 1 1/8 teaspoons )
- 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 leaves
- 1 tablespoon dried thyme
- In a very large roasting pan measuring approximately 21 by 17 by 7 inches with handles on both sides, heat the oil over medium-high heat.
- Add the onions, bell peppers, celery, garlic, Essence, salt, pepper, cayenne and bay leaves, and cook, stirring, until the vegetables are very soft and starting to turn golden, about 15 minutes.
- Add the sausages and cook, stirring, until they start to brown on the outside, about 7 minutes.
- Add the turkey legs and meat and stir well.
- Add the tomatoes and their juices and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes.
- Add the rice and stir well to incorporate and coat evenly.
- Add the water, stir well to combine, and bring to a boil.
- Reduce the heat, cover tightly, and cook without stirring until the liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender, 35 to 40 minutes, adding more water as needed if the liquid is all absorbed before the rice is tender.
- Remove from the heat and let sit for 15 minutes before serving.
- Remove the bay leaves. Stir in the green onions and parsley, and serve hot.
- Combine all ingredients thoroughly and store in an airtight jar or container.
By a recommendation from Chicagoland Chef Du Jour , I made this recipe on 12/1/11 for mine and SO's dinner.And thanks to her valuable information, I was able to convert this into a crockpot recipe. And since there was just the two of us, the recipe was adjusted accordingly.First of all, the vegetable oil was added to a medium sized skillet then the onions and celery were slightly softened.Then added the smoked sausage, so I get a bit of color on the meat.While the veggie/sausage mixture was cooking, to get more of intense flavor some Essence was sprinkled over the mixture as it was cooking. After putting the veggie/sausage mixture into the crockpot,Since I didn't have any tomatoes, about 1/2 can ( from a 14.5 ounce can) of Fire Roasted diced tomatoes was added. For the water part of the recipe, 3 cups were used,and I didn't use the turkey leg so, I just upped the turkey to 1 1/2 lbs.Instead of adding the green peppers, some multi-colored peppers that I had in the freezer were used.Since I sprinkled about 1/8 tsp. of Essence over the cooking veggie/sausage mixture, the remaining 1 tsp. was added to the crockpot. After cooking in the crockpot on low for about 5 hours,then some cooked rice was added and cooked for about 15 to 20 minutes more.I've never had jambalaya before,but my SO has and he said this is very close to what it really does taste like.And again I want to thank Chicagoland Chef Du Jour for recommending such a wonderful recipe. I " WILL " make this again. Thank you for posting a great recipe and, " Keep Smiling :) "
10/09 This is very good and flavorful. I halved the recipe with great success. The only adjustment I made was putting all the ingredients together as suggested then throwing it in a crock pot, LESS 1 C of water. I didn't use a turkey leg, only the turkey breast. I will top with a few shrimp shortly before serving. I used bottled premixed Essence that I had already purchased. LOVE the flavors! Thanks for posting cellogirl2! 11/11 I made this again for the 2nd time, it's delish! I just wanted to add that I made (halved) this on the stove top as directed. I added Creole seasoning and a bit of 1/2 t thyme & 1/2 t oregano this time, so good! Served over Steamed Brown Rice / I prefer not to add rice to the dish. If you do it this way, you can cut back on the liquid. The kids loved it too! Great for lerftover Thanksgiving turkey!