"Canadian" Creole Jambalaya

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Jambalaya is a favorite of mine, or at least what I call jambalaya, maybe one of my neighbours to the south can confirm it for me.

Throughout the instructable I’ll offer some substitutes or optional ingredients.
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Step 1:

Meat Ingredients:
  • 6 slices of bacon, chopped
  • 2 andouille sausages, chopped (not smoked, because that’s what the butcher had, if you have smoked....go for it!)
  • 3/4 pounds of cold water shrimp
Cold water shrimp from Cape Breton were on sale this week, so that’s what I used. But I’ve also used jumbo shrimp and squid.

Other alternatives for meat (of the land dwelling variety) include chicken, ham, smoked sausage

Non-meat Ingredients:
  • 1 cup of onion, diced
  • 1 cup of celery, diced
  • 5 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 796 mL can of diced tomatoes (or 28 oz for those using imperial)
  • water
  • 1 cup of long grain white rice
Optional: Green pepper (I can’t have them for dietary reasons, but I fully support you adding them!)

Spice Mix:
  • 1 tsp black peppercorns
  • 1 tsp pink peppercorns
  • ½ tsp of chili powder
  • ½ tsp of chili flakes
  • ½ tsp of salt
  • 1 tsp of paprika
Other Optional Ingredients:
  • red wine
  • red wine vinegar
  • honey
  • chicken stock
Everything together? Ok, let’s start. I’ve added cooking times as an approximation.

Step 2:

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Put a medium sized pot on medium heat

Add bacon with ¼ cup of water (I know right, water? According to Chef Michael Smith it helps the bacons to gradually release its fat and brown evenly, and I have to agree)

Once the water has evaporated and the bacon is crispy (~10 mins), add the sausage

Brown the sausage (~3 mins)

Note: Depending on the fat content of the bacon you may want to drain a bit of fat or add a bit of oil before adding the sausage
This looks delicious, but how does the honey impact the jambalaya?

Great 'ible.
nanosec122 years ago
I can't comment on the authenticity of the Jambalaya name on your recipe, however it looks amazing no matter what you call it !!!
taransa2 years ago
This looks fantastic :D