Jambalaya is a delicious one-pot rice dish from Louisiana, a cultural melting pot with French, Caribbean and African influences. It’s a little like a paella but some of the ingredients and seasonings are different. Rather than saffron, the main flavours are cayenne pepper and thyme with smokiness from the sausages and smoked paprika.
We just added these new vegan smoked sausages to our shop so I just had to try them in a jambalaya and they work perfectly! Head to our shop and add them to your next fruit and veg order to give them a try. Liz x
Ingredients (serves 4)
- 2 tbsp olive oil (plus extra for drizzling)
- 1 onion
- 3 sticks of celery
- 2 peppers (any colour of a mix)
- 4 cloves of garlic
- 2 packs of smoked sausages (or substitute with mushrooms and red beans plus some extra smoked paprika)
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 heaped tsp smoked paprika (plus extra)
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper (or to taste)
- 3 tsp dried thyme (or fresh is even better)
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 mug basmati rice
- 1 tin chopped tomatoes (or 4 chopped fresh tomatoes)
- 2 limes
Pre-heat your oven to 200C and find an oven and hob safe pan with a lid. Alternatively you could use a baking dish and some tin foil or a baking sheet. Instead of sautéing on the hob, the base ingredients can be roasted in the oven.
Start by dicing your onion, celery and peppers and sautéing them with the olive oil until just starting to soften.
Then chop the garlic and add it to the pan.
Cut the smoked sausages into bite size pieces and add them to the pan too. Then sauté everything together, stirring often, to seal the ingredients and so they start to caramelise and take on some colour. This takes about 10 minutes.
Add the herbs and spices to the pan and season with salt and pepper – stir to combine.
Rinse the mug of basmati rice and add it to the pan along with the tin of chopped tomatoes. Add two tins of water then stir to evenly disperse all the ingredients. Taste the broth and adjust the seasoning if needed with more salt or spices.
Put the lid on the pot and let it come up to a gentle boil. As soon as it is hot and bubbling, move the pan into the oven, lid on, so that the rice can bake and absorb all the liquid. This should take about 20 minutes for white rice.
Once the rice has absorbed all the liquid, remove the lid and you can serve it as it is or return it to the oven for a further 5 minutes with wedges of lime, a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of smoked paprika. This creates a delicious crust on the rice and lightly charrs the lime wedges, making them sweet and extra juicy.
Serve with the roasted lime wedges to squeeze over the rice and a simple green salad. Enjoy!