- Spicy food is an awesome companion to hot weather and long evenings. This jambalaya recipe is not an original recipe by any means - only slightly adapted (simplified) from the bon appétit version. But when I posted the picture below on Facebook and got so many responses I knew I had to share and document this meal, which tasted amazing. It's spicy and savory and filling (perfect after a sweaty run outdoors). Oh, and it's a one-pot meal. Huzzah!
2 tbsp olive oil
1-1.5 lb Louisiana-style andouille sausage, sliced into bite-sized pieces
1 red onion, chopped
4 celery stalks, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 tbsp tomato paste
2 cups cherry tomatoes, some halved, some whole
2 cups brown basmati rice (original recipe calls for long-grain white rice, which takes less long to cook and is more tender but also less healthy!)
2 tsp Cajun seasoning (see below for suggested recipe)
2 bay leaves
6 cups vegetable broth
(more cayenne pepper to taste)
Heat the oil in a large wok, pot or skillet over medium-high heat. Put the sausage in to brown - it'll take about 5 minutes for some nice colour to appear. Then, add the red onion, celery, red pepper and garlic. Cook until softened, for about 5 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste - keep stirring for a couple minutes to heat it up consistently. Then add the tomatoes, rice, seasoning, bay leaf and broth. Taste to broth to see if it's properly seasoned to your taste - play around with the seasonings if not. Bring to a boil and simmer, covered, for 40-50 minutes, when all the liquid is absorbed (at the end, you may to need to have it uncovered a bit at the end to cook off the last of the liquid).
Serve in large bowls and enjoy!
Cajun Seasoning - adapted from allrecipes.com
The original recipe includes salt, which is not needed for the jambalaya recipe. It also has a whole lot more red/cayenne pepper than I used because me and R are wimps! It still turned out spicy, but not in a way that killed the other wonderful flavours.
2 tsp garlic powder
2.5 tsp paprika
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1.25 tsp dried oregano
1.25 tsp dried thyme
Combine all ingredients in a small container and seal until use. Yields more than is needed for jambalaya recipe.