Sunday, 16 December 2012

Ham and Sausage Jambalaya

This is one of my favourite meals on a chilly winter day... actually, it is one of my favourite anytime meals.

 I started with 1/4 cup of lard. Yes, I said lard, or bacon drippings if you prefer. Trust me on this one. I once made this dish with olive oil. It is not even close to the level of deliciousness that lard brings it to.

Add one small onion, and several shallots. You can use garlic instead of the shallots if you prefer.  Add three celery stalks. If I had a green pepper on hand I would have added 1/2 pepper. Saute for about five minutes or until the vegetables are starting to soften.

Add about 1 cup of diced ham and 1 cup of spanish chorizo or a homemade spicy smoked sausage. Continue to cook for about 8 minutes.  Add 2 cups basmati rice that has been rinsed. Cook for about five minutes. Add 2 diced tomatoes and 3 cups of stock. If I had used homemade sausage, I would use the reserved cooking liquid.  Season with sea salt, freshly cracked black pepper and cayenne pepper.

Reduce heat. Cook until all the liquid has been absorbed, approximately 45 minutes. Add green onions, adjust seasoning if needed and enjoy!

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