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Before Mum left, she was hoping to pick up a couple of boxes of Jambalaya mix to take back to New Zealand, but unfortunately, ran out of time.

Although these recipes appear to have a lot of ingredients, they come together quickly, are packed full of flavor, and are really very simple to make.

JAMBALAYA

jambalaya

1/4 cup butter

6 ounces smoked ham, chopped

6 ounces smoked sausage, chopped/sliced

6 ounces cooked chicken, chopped

1 onion, chopped

1 1/2 cups celery, chopped

1 green bell pepper, chopped

Seasoning Mix (recipe below)

1/2 teaspoon minced garlic

2 cups uncooked rice (I would put less in – maybe 1 cup)

4 cups chicken stock

Melt the butter in a large skillet over high heat. Add the ham, sausage and chicken. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Lower heat to medium, add the onions, celery, bell peppers, Seasoning Mix and garlic and mix well. Continue to cook for 10 to 12 minutes or until brown, stirring to deglaze the skillet occasionally. Stir in the rice.

Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the stock and mix well. Bring to a boil and reduce the heat. Simmer for 20 minutes or until the rice is tender, stirring occasionally toward the end of the cooking time. Discard the bay leaves and serve.

SEASONING MIX

4 bay leaves

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon white pepper

1 teaspoon dry mustard

1 teaspoon gumbo file

1 teaspoon ground red pepper

1/2 teaspoon cumin

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon thyme

Combine the bay leaves, salt, white pepper, dry mustard, gumbo file, ground red pepper, cumin, black pepper and thyme in a small bowl and mix well.

Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Southern Accent A Second Helping, 2003

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HEARTY SHRIMP JAMBALAYA

hearty shrimp jambalaya

2 tablespoons butter

1/2 cup diced celery

1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper

2 cloves garlic

1/2 cup chopped onion

1/2 cup uncooked rice

1 cup cubed, cooked chicken

1 1/2 cups water

1 (16-ounce) can tomatoes

14 ounces smoked sausage, cut into 1/2-inch slices

1 cup chicken broth

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1/2 teaspoon thyme

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 pound cooked and shelled shrimp

1/2 teaspoon garlic salt

3 dashes hot sauce

In a saucepan, melt butter. Add celery, green pepper, onion and garlic. Cook over medium heat until vegetables are tender. Add rice, chicken, water, tomatoes, sausage, chicken broth, paprika, thyme, cayenne pepper, and black pepper.

Cook over high heat until boiling. Cover, reduce heat to low. Cook 20 to 25 minutes, stirring occasionally until rice is fork tender. Add shrimp, continue cooking 4 minutes. Remove from heat, add hot sauce.

Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Cheffrey, 2002

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