AKA Abraham Bacoln

August 18, 2006, 1:20 pm
Filed under: entree, recipe


Originally uploaded by Kevin O’Mara.

The longer I thought about it the less it made sense to me that I was keeping two separate blogs, one for personal stuff and one for food and recipes. So! Now you must suffer the convenience of having all of my words in one place. Besides, I haven’t been cooking that many new recipes lately so you won’t be inundated with cups and tablespoons.

This recipe is an old family standby – I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had it. Sometimes it can come out rather bland, but when I made it last night it was stellar. I don’t know what I did wrong, but it was right.

Oh, also, the recipe itself says ‘quick jambalaya’ but this … well, let’s just say after having lived in New Orleans this doesn’t really compare to true jambalaya. It’s just …


1 to 1 1/2 cups cooked rice
1 lb smoked sausage of some sort, cut into bite-sized pieces
2 cups total of any and all of the following: onion, green bell pepper, celery
1 can (15oz) diced tomatoes
hot sauce
black pepper
(optional) flour

Already I think you get the idea, but I’ll lay it out for you.

1.) Cook the rice
2.) While rice is cooking, sautee the meats and veggies for at least five minutes.
3.) When meat and veggies are cooked up and tender, throw in the tomatoes, hot sauce, and black pepper.
4.) Once that gets nice and simmer-ing-y, check to see if it’s too watery. If so, cook down for a while longer or sprinkle some flour for a quick fix.
5.) Add rice to meet your desired ratio of rice-to-non-rice-ness.
6.) Yell for everyone to come and get it.

You must add the rice to the other stuff because this isn’t like red beans n’ rice or like gumbo where each person makes their own bowl. It’s supposed to be a cohesive dish, displaying the true culinary artistry of the chef.

And now, some notes. Mom and I wondered why it was so good this time when it has a tendency to be a bit on the underwhelming side. I went in the kitchen and wrote down that I used Butterball Smoked Turkey Sausage (extra tender) and Del Monte diced tomatoes with onion and garlic. That’s the only real deviation from the regular right there. Also, Dad doesn’t care much for the celery so I left that out.

I’d suggest you come eat some but I’m gonna go take care of the rest of the leftovers right now, so you’re out of luck.

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how rude.

Comment by henry

You know what’s rude? When I got to the fridge there was nothing but leftover meatloaf! Someone at ALL THE JAMBALAYA. AND IT WAS NOT ME.

Comment by Kevin O'Mara

You can both come over here and have leftover Buffalo Chicken Wrappers from Cheddars.

Comment by Trey

That is in fact a more powerful rude.

Damn I want some jambalaya NOW. Haven’t had it in a looong time.

Comment by henry

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