Re: [gardeners] Hey George!!

Shirley,George (
Wed, 31 Jan 2001 19:03:54 -0600

Harry Boswell wrote:
> I need a good jambalaya recipe.  Got one?
> Harry

Okay, here's one for shrimp jambalaya.

1 large onion	chopped		1 can	(15 oz) tomatoes
1 clove garlic  minced		1 can   (8 oz) tomato sauce
1/2 green pepper, chopped	1/8 teaspoon Tabasco or to taste
1/4 cup butter or margarine	1.5 cups water
2 tablespoons flour		1 cup (4 oz) ground cooked ham
1 cup uncooked rice		2 cans or 4.5 ounces medium shrimp cooked 1 teaspoon salt		
if fresh, drained if canned
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Cook first three ingredients in the butter for 5 minutes. Blend in flour. Add
remaining ingredients, except shrimp. Bring to boil, cover and simmer about 30
minutes. Add half the shrimp, put jambalaya in serving dish and top with
remaining shrimp. Makes 4 to 6 servings.

This recipe was originally taken from a "Woman's Day" magazine for March, 1963.
We've made it a few times but I generally jigger the recipe some, like more
shrimp, more garlic, use dried red pepper instead of tabasco, sometimes sub
scallions for the large onion, once used shallots and it was tasty. Play with
the recipe until you get what you want. I tend to eat "dirty rice" more than I
do jambalaya. Recipe follows;

Dirty rice

Cook rice in amount needed. That generally means I cook 1.5 cups uncooked rice
in my steamer with the water called for by the directions. While the rice is
cooking I brown up about a pound of ground meat with a chopped onion or two,
about a 1000 cloves of garlic ala Emeril Lagasse, black pepper, red pepper,
chopped peppers, browning good and draining it. I also boil up 4 eggs to the
hard state, cool and peel and chop and add to the meat. When the rice is done
toss it in the big skillet with the meat mixture and stir it well, cook until
hot through and then eat. The kids like it with catsup on it and I put hot sauce
on mine. A quick and dirty Cajun country meal.