Lazy J Bar C

Lazy J Bar C

Friday, March 2, 2012

Easy Jambalaya

This is one of my favorite cool weather suppers. It is so quick and easy to make on a busy day and uses pantry staples that most everyone has on hand. I have been making this for so long that I don't remember where I got the original recipe.

2 cups diced tomatoes, home canned or frozen is best :)
1 cup tomato sauce
1/2 pound fully-cooked smoked sausage cut into 1/4-inch slices, I use turkey sausage
1/2 to 3/4 pound uncooked medium-size shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 1/2 cups beef stock
1 cup rice
3 tablespoons dried chopped onion
1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper - really!
1 bay leaf

In a Dutch oven, combine all ingredients except the shrimp. Bring mixture to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat, cover and let simmer for 20 to 25 minutes. Add shrimp and cook for an additional 5 to 7 minutes or until the shrimp are pink. It shouldn't be runny at all but if it is, uncover and cook until desired consistency.

We had this last night with a nice salad and some toasted garlic parmesan bread. A further note about the cayenne pepper, if you have leftovers and reheat, it gets even hotter! ;-)

I'm linking up to the Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop co-hosted by Deb and Heidi and new for me this week, the Food Photography Challenge at Crisp PhotoWorks with Mira. I would love to improve my food photography and I think this will help me learn! :)


Anonymous said...

that sounds great, Candy. It looks like something my oldest daughter and I would enjoy for lunch. I'm putting shrimp on my grocery list!

Susan said...

That sounds so good! It is on my to-make list for next week!

Kristina said...

The first time I had this dish, was when my brother cooked it for a gathering. I have yet to make it for my own family.

Candy C. said...

Mooberry Farmwife,
It really is one of my favorite dishes!

Enjoy your vacation you lucky girl!

You should try it, I was surprised how easy this particular recipe is! :)

Anonymous said...

I like the sounds of this! I got it printed off to try. I have never made Jambalaya before, but it always catches my eye when I see a recipe.


Candy C. said...

I hope you get a chance to try it, the combination of the sausage, shrimp and spices is just yummy!

Anonymous said...

Candy, I made the Jambalaya last night. I used fresh sausage vs. smoked. I liked it.


Mira Crisp said...

I am not a spicy food person at all but this looks delish! thank you for sharing your shot at Food Photography this week!

Candy C. said...

Thanks for the opportunity! :)

Jen said...

I'll have to try this one of these days... looks & sounds good.

Candy C. said...

It really is a tasty dish! :)

homegrown countrygirl said...

I like jambalaya, too! Thank you for sharing this long time favorite recipe! I love long time favorites!

Candy C. said...

homegrown countrygirl,
You can pretty much bet it's a good recipe if it is a longtime favorite! :)

Lori said...

Being from Louisiana, yum, yes, yes, on the cayenne pepper! Oh and if you have andouille instead of regular sausage, the taste is much better!

Candy C. said...

I will have to look for andouille sausage, things like that are sometimes hard to find in our little town!

Sheryl and Denny said...

That looks delicious candy, jambalaya is a main stay on our menu here in the south, we can turn any leftover meats into a quick jambalaya.

Candy C. said...

It truly is one of my favorite quick and easy meals! I think chicken would be good too!