KICKOFF COOKIN: JAMBALAYA

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JAMBALAYA

Ingredients

1 tbs cooking oil

1 lb of rice

1 to 1-1/2 lbs smoked Zeigler sausage, chopped

1-1/2 lbs  boneless, skinless chicken thigh filets, chopped

1 large onion chopped

1 large bell pepper chopped

1 stalk celery chopped

1 tbs chopped garlic

5 cups of water( 1- 10oz can of rotel tomatoes can be substituted for one of the cups of water)

1 tbs salt

Black and red pepper, Cajun seasoning, tabasco, Worcestershire sauce to taste

Instructions

In a dutch oven over medium heat, lightly brown the chopped sausage rendering some of the oil from it. Remove and drain.  Brown seasoned/marinated chicken. Remove and drain.  Cook the vegetables until soft and the onions are translucent. Add water and re-introduce the meat.  Stir in salt and the other seasonings.  Turn heat to high and bring mixture to a boil.  Stir in rice and bring to a boil again.  Reduce heat to a simmer.  Cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until all liquid is absorbed. DO NOT OPEN LID for 20 minutes. Turn heat off and remove lid.  With a wooden spoon or spatula, turn(don’t stir) from the bottom. Replace the lid and let rest for 20-30 minutes, turning occasionally.  Serves 8-10.

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