Happy 2013! – Forgotten Jambalaya

Happy 2013 to you all!  I hope you had a wonderful NYE with friends and family.   Tonight I am serving something new.  Usually I cook a traditional Brazilian meal for New Years but I decided to go back to some different roots and serve Jambalaya!  My paternal grandmother is originally from New Orleans so this is my tribute to that part of my heritage!  I used my brand new slow cooker to make this and my brand new slow cooker cookbook, both things I got for Christmas from my cooking wiz mom.

IMG_14871 can (14 1/2 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained

1 can (14 1/2 oz) beef or chicken broth (I used boxed and weighed it out with a kitchen scale)

1 can (6 oz) tomato paste

2 medium green peppers, chopped

1 medium onion, chopped

3 celery ribs, chopped

5 garlic cloves, minced

3 teaspoons dried parsley flakes

2 teaspoons dried basil

1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano

1 1/4 teaspoons salt

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce

1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes

1 pound smoked sausage, halved and cut into 1/4-inch slices

1/2 pound uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined

Hot cooked rice

1. In a 5-qt. slow cooker (mine’s 6-qt but it worked fine), combine the tomatoes, broth and tomato paste.

IMG_1489Stir in the green peppers, onion, celery, garlic and seasonings.

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Stir in chicken and sausage.

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2. Cover and cook on low for 4 hours or until chicken is tender.

IMG_1502Stir in shrimp.  Cover and cook 15-30 minutes longer or until shrimp turn pink.  Serve with rice.

IMG_1521This one turned out really tasty.  Rob mentioned that next time I should add okra and I couldn’t agree more so if you feel so inclined, toss some in!  Happy cooking!

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