Monday, 25 March 2013

Jambalaya!

Over the past year Simon and I have been trying new recipes. We eventually found a whole load we really liked and rotate them every so often. As a result we don't try new recipes as much any more. But last night we tried Jambalaya and it sure was yummy!

I always thought Jambalaya sounded a complicated dish to make. But it is honestly one the EASIEST and QUICKEST dishes I have ever cooked. I think it will be a firm favourite of ours for a while. I want to share it with you all and get your taste buds going!

Chicken Jambalaya - Serves 2

Ingredients

2 handfuls or 2 cups of rice (any rice you like but long grain is what we used)
1 can of chopped tomatoes
1 green pepper de-seeded and chopped
2 cloves of garlic chopped (or garlic puree is fine)
1 onion chopped
(you can choose any extra vegetables you want in it. The recipe we used recommended celery, aubergine or courgette but we had mushrooms to use up so we used them)
1 packet of Cajun spice mix
1 tablespoon of olive oil
425ml of chicken stock (or vegetable stock for vegetarians)
1 Chicken breast cubed or stripped (We actually used beef instead because we had beef to use up. But you can have you any meat of your choosing from fish, prawn, turkey, chorizo, sausage- anything!)


How to cook?
  • Heat up the olive oil in a pan on a medium heat and then add the meat. Cook until sealed, then remove from the pan and reserve.
  • Then add the chopped onion, garlic, pepper and any other vegetables you have chosen into the heated pan. Cook this for a couple of minutes and then add the packet of Cajun spice mix and the rice. Cook for a further two minutes until the vegetables and rice are fully covered in the mix.
  • Once this is done you then add the stock and chopped tomatoes. Stir well into the mix and then simmer on a medium heat for 25 minutes.
  • 5 minutes before the cooking time is up add your reserved meat (or have a vegetarian jambalaya!) and stir well in.
  • Serve and gobble it up.
Just one tip I have is when it's cooking for 25 minutes do stir occasionally. Otherwise the rice will stick to the bottom and not absorb the juice.

If you cook it please tell me what you think. It's a really cheap meal too. It costs me about £6 for all the ingredients. Can't wait to have this again!


2 comments:

Callie Nicole said...

Oo, yum, I love Jambalaya!

Hey Monkey Butt said...

I love some Jambalaya, I'm a bit lazier in making it though. The one I'd love to make, but always worry it's too complicated is Ratatouille ... sounds yummer!

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