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Camellia Brand

Cajun Jambalaya

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Ingredients:

  • 1 package of Camellia Brand Jambalaya Mix
  • 5 cups of water
  • Cooking oil
  • 2 pounds total of sliced, smoked sausage, boneless, skinless chicken thighs, chopped, smoked ham and shrimp (any combination of these works well)
  • 4 ounces chopped tasso (optional, but adds flavor and spice)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2-3 stalks celery, chopped
  • Frozen or fresh veggies such as peas, corn and green beans
  • Chopped parsley

Directions:

  1. To a large, heavy cast iron pot, add oil and heat. Cook your choice of meats individually over medium-high heat, setting each aside as you go. Scrape up the brown bits that start to stick to the bottom of the pot – they'll add great flavor to the finished product. If using chicken thighs, let rest for a few minutes after cooking, before chopping into small chunks.
  2. Add more oil, and sauté the trinity (chopped onion, green pepper and celery) along with the chopped tasso over medium heat, until vegetables are soft.
  3. Add cooked meats back to the pot (except for shrimp), as well as package contents of the Jambalaya mix. If using frozen or fresh veggies, add to the pot.
  4. Add 5 cups of water to pot and stir well. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
  5. If using shrimp, place on top of jambalaya in pot when 5 minutes of cooking time is left.
  6. Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes. Stir and serve with chopped fresh parsley.