Sunday, February 10, 2013

Jambalaya

Sorry for the awful photo!

I adapted this recipe from one found in People from John Besh.  It was so easy and delicious, and the kids inhaled it!

1/2 lb. turkey bacon, diced
3 tsp. olive oil
1 onion, diced
1 green pepper, diced
1 stalk celery, diced
1 turkey sausage, diced
3 cups uncooked white rice (not instant)
1 tsp. smoked paprika
1 tsp. dried thyme
pinch red pepper flakes (or more if you like it spicier)
5 cups chicken broth
1 can petite diced tomatoes
salt to taste (I did not add any salt)

In a large, heavy-bottomed pot, heat olive oil and cook bacon over medium-high heat until browned (if you use real bacon, do not add olive oil).  Add onions, stirring often until very translucent.  Add green pepper, celery and sausage; cook, stirring often about 5 minutes.  Add rice, paprika, thyme and red pepper flakes, stir.  Add chicken broth and tomatoes; bring to a boil, stirring well.  Reduce heat, cover and simmer18 minutes until rice is done.  Remove from heat and season with salt and hot sauce, if desired.

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