Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Shrimp and Ham Jambalaya

When I first moved to Arizona I decided to put myself out there to try and meet people. I checked the paper to see what was doing around town and I saw that there was a Crawfish Festival. Since I use to pick them out of a stream near my house when I was a kid, I decided it was time I should go and eat some. What the heck. Of course I didn't meet a single soul but at least I put myself out there. What this all has to do with Jambalaya, I don't know but my interest in Cajun food began there.

Shrimp and Ham Jamblaya
Based on this recipe from

1 1/2 cups diced cooked ham
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 medium onion, quartered and sliced
1 cup okra, sliced
1/2 cup chopped red pepper
1 clove garlic, minced
1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes
1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
2 1/2 cups water
3/4 cup uncooked long-grain rice
1 large bay leaf or two small
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon dried leaf thyme
1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper, or to taste
1 pound peeled, cleaned, and cooked shrimp

Heat oil over medium heat in a large pan. Saute onions, bell pepper, and garlic; cook until tender. Add ham and cook for about five minutes. Add tomatoes and tomato paste, water, bay leaf, salt, thyme, and cayenne pepper. Stir until thoroughly mixed and then add rice. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add shrimp and heat through. Serve with crusty garlic bread or cornbread. Serves 4 to 6.


kat said...

Yum, I love jambalaya. We are planning a trip to New Orleans for the fall so I'm looking forward to get my fill

Mary said...

Lori, this looks really good and it has the added advantage of being easy to make. I love this kind of recipe.

Sara said...

I love jambalaya too, but I don't think I've ever made it at home! I definitely need to try.

Bunny said...

This looks so good Lori, And very eye appealing!

Grace said...

remove the shrimp, and this is like perfection in a bowl. note to self: visit new orleans one day and have some true jambalaya. :)

The Blonde Duck said...

Oh yum! I love it!

Elra said...

Wow Lori, this sound so delicious. I am sold on the title alone.

Selba said...

Looks so wonderful delicious!

Murasaki Shikibu said...

I love Jambalaya and I love Okra. Unfortunately I've never seen Okra in Spain. :/