Another signature dish of Louisiana. jambalaya is usually rich and meaty. In New Orleans and along the coastal bayous, the seasoned rice might contain shrimp and tomatoes. On the prairies of Cajun country, it's more likely to contain chicken and sausage. This nontraditional recipe features eggplant instead and could easily be made vegetarian if you leave out the ham. Similar to paella, jambalaya exhibits a Spanish influence, but it also has strong roots in Africa, where a spicy meat and vegetable saute is known as a jambe, and ya means rice.
1. In a deep nonreactive saute pan with a tight-fitting lid, warm the oil over medium heat. Add the yellow onion, bell pepper, celery, and the ham, if using, and saute, stirring frequently, until the vegetables are very tender and lightly browned, 10-15 minutes.
2. Add the garlic, bay leaves, oregano, thyme, and cayenne and cook, stirring, just until the garlic releases its fragrance, about 2 minutes. Add 1/2 cup (1 ½ oz/45 g) of the green onions, the eggplant, toma toes, stock, and rice. Stir well and season with salt and black pepper. Raise the heat to medium-high, bring to a boil, and then immediately reduce the heat to low. Stir well, scraping the pan bottom to be sure nothing sticks. Cover tightly and cook, without stirring, for 20 minutes. Uncover and check to see if the liquid
is absorbed and the rice is tender. If not, re-cover and cook for a few minutes longer.
3. Remove the pan from the heat and set aside to let stand, still covered, for 5 minutes. Discard the bay leaves and stir lightly with a fork to fluff before serving. Garnish with the remaining green onions.
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (132g)|
|Recipe Makes: 6 Servings|
|Calories from Fat: 29 (30%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 3.2g||4 %|
|Saturated Fat 0.6g||3 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 2g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 0.4g|
|Cholesterol 1.8mg||1 %|
|Sodium 123.9mg||4 %|
|Potassium 151.5mg||4 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 14.2g||4 %|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||4 %|
|Sugars, other 13.2g|
|Protein 2.9g||4 %|
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Calories per serving: 98
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