My family adored the jambalaya we had for dinner (leftover dinner, actually) last night. It's quick to make, easy to do, and fairly affordable if you save your leftovers. I figured since it was such a big hit last night (and the night before), I should share my easy recipe.
Spicy Italian Sausage - It comes in 'rings' here, we generally use around a pound of it, cut into small chunks or de-skinned and ground up
Chicken Sausage - I found a delicious 'Cajun' sausage here, cut into small chunks.
Chicken Breast - Boneless skinless works great, but any old leftover chicken will do, again, chunk it up.
Shrimp - I generally use the cheapest stuff I can get, but I add in around 3 cups worth, tail-less, and preferably pre-cooked
Cayenne Pepper - 1 tsp (to taste)
Tomato Paste - 1 can
Garlic - 4 cloves, crushed.
Onion - 1/2 -1 whole onion, diced (to taste)
Green Pepper - 1 whole, diced
Water - around 1 cup
Instant Rice - I use the 'cook in pouch' kind, but you can use whatever kind you like. People have different rice preferences, so we make ours seperately.
Seperate pre-cooked meats, vegetables & seasonings, and un-cooked meat.
Cut raw meat & toss into large 'dutch oven'. Cook with lid on while cutting other meats.
Cut and add in vegetables (including garlic, onion, and green pepper), then pre-cooked meats.
Cover with lid and cook until all meat is cooked through.
Add tomato paste, water, and seasonings.
Cook an additional 10 minutes or so.
Serves a whole army!