Thursday, June 18, 2009

CEIMB: Jambalaya

This week the recipe was chosen by Anonymous New York. I'll be honest -- until now the only jambalaya I had ever made was out of a Zattaran's box. And, as you all probably guessed, its not very good. So, I went into to this recipe with slightly mixed feelings. Do I like jambalaya -??? Well maybe, but I definitely didn't really like the kind I have eaten my whole life.

However, I was pleasantly surprised by this recipe. I had read some of the comments which said the jambalaya was a little bland, so I decided to replace the ham with andoille sausage. Also, I added a bit more chicken stock than the recipe called for as I didn't want the jambalaya to get too dry.

The verdict - I loved this recipe (and the cats loved the shrimp!). I thought it was very flavorful and nice and spicy (thanks to the andoille sausage). I liked the jambalaya so much that I brought some to work for lunch and even offered some to Peggy (of Pantry Revisited) to taste because she seemed a little skeptical of the recipe. The tasting didn't go quite as I thought it would! Head on over to Peggy's blog to read what happened. Sorry, Pegs.

Thanks Anonymous New York for picking a great recipe this week! I will definitely be making it again.


  1. It looks really good, and I'm glad you enjoyed it.. and I'm glad Peggy is OK!

  2. You are too too funny! We can laugh about the shrimp incident for years now, can't we? I actually thought yours tasted better than mine. :)

  3. I've never had the Zattaran's flavor of jambalaya, but now I'm glad I didn't.

    I also really enjoyed this dish, though I ate up all the shrimps myself and fed exactly 0 to any 4 legged animals.

    Funny the things you learn about your friends by accident, huh?


  4. you're the one who hid the shrimp from Peggy?! Guess it goes to show, you really have to watch your back at work. ;)
    Kidding - good thing everything turned out ok and now you can have a good laugh. But if Peggy brings the next dish in and offers it to you, watch out!
    It was a really good dish.

  5. This looks yummy, Jen! Just goes to show the stuff in the package rarely measures up to what we make from scratch. How nice of you to offer to share with Peggy, I'm glad it all worked out in the end!

  6. So glad you and the kitty's liked this one, and that Peg was ok!

  7. So glad you liked this, Jen, even if The Shrimp Incident will become Firm legend. I thought this was a great recipe, and definitely one I'll make again. Yours looks great!