So after a fun day at Honeymoon Island beach with the boys, I was pondering what I should cook for dinner when Davy asks, “Can I watch The Princess and the Frog?” Humm…New Orleans/Cajun flavored food….and the lightbulb goes off….Jambalaya. A one pot dish! Most of the ingredients I had, but I still needed to make a quick trip to the grocery store, so this worked out perfect.
I found this recipe on Allrecipes.com so I must give credit where credit is due (thank you Bubba), but if you know me…I gave it some “love sauce”…and added garlic bread on the side.
- 6 slices bacon, cut into 1 inch pieces
- 1 cup chopped celery
- 1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1/2 pound cubed cooked ham
- 1/2 pound cubed cooked chicken
- 1/2 pound cubed smoked sausage
- 2 (14.5 ounce) cans crushed tomatoes, with liquid
- 2 cups beef broth
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning (I used Luzianne)
- 2 cups uncooked white rice (I used 1 cup white, 1 cup brown)
- 1/2 pound peeled/deveined shrimp
- Heat a large pot over medium-high heat. Add bacon, and cook until crisp. Remove bacon pieces with a slotted spoon, and set aside. Add celery, bell pepper, and onion to the bacon drippings, and cook until tender.
- Add the ham, chicken and sausage to the pot, and pour in the tomatoes, beef broth and chicken broth. Season with thyme and Cajun seasoning. Bring to a boil, and add the rice. Bring to a boil, then turn the heat to low, cover, and simmer for about 20 minutes, until the rice is tender.
- Stir in the shrimp and bacon just before serving, and heat through. If you use uncooked shrimp, let it cook for about 5 minutes before serving.