Jambalaya is a French word that means 'jumbled' or 'mixed up', and I have no doubt that the philosophy and heart of this recipe come from a similar place to paella, kedgeree and risotto. Originally, any Louisiana 'critter' unlucky enough to get caught would have gone into this: rabbit, duck, squirrel, frog, alligator. . . you name it! And similarly, you can adapt it to whatever your local butcher or fishmonger happens to have. Go cheaper by using things like frozen prawns and chicken livers, or more expensive by including lobster or crab. I used an incredible local smoked sausage called andouille, but fresh chorizo or any other smoked sausage would work just as well. This dish makes me happy every time I eat it. And if more people than expected turn up for dinner just add a bit of extra rice.
Nutritional Information - Amount per serving:
- Calories 385kcal
- Carbs 81.2g
- Sugar 6.8g
- Fat 31.0g
- Saturates 10.0g
- Protein 57.6g
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