Comment: It is a historical fact that Spain bought Louisiana from France around 1764-65 and that Antonio de Ulloa arrived in New Orleans to run the show and that’s most likely around the time that Spanish, French and African Americans sat down and laid out their recipe(s) for Jambalaya but there is no historical confirmation of that. However, through the years and with many adaptations, Jambalaya became known as a New Orleans culinary staple and in time spread throughout the land as a very popular Cajun and Creole dish.
A Jambalaya recipe can be either Cajun or Creole with Cajun being more associated with French Acadian people who settled the swamps and prairies of southwest Louisiana using recipe ingredients that could be gathered from the land. Creole, which term has many definitions, is generally meant to describe people who were born in the colony and who were descendants of French or Spanish parents and their Jambalaya recipe used fresh tomatoes, onions, peppers, different meats or, instead of meat, shrimp was used.
Our gluten-free Jambalaya recipe was submitted to gfhomecooking.com by Jim after he brought a huge bowl of it to a holiday party and was crowned the winner of all entrees, and we would like to share his Jambalaya recipe with you.
1 large white onion
1 large red pepper
1 package Alfresco gluten-free Sweet Italian Chicken Sausage ( 4 sausages to one pack)
1 package Alfresco gluten-free Jalapeno Chicken Sausage (4 sausages to one pack)
1 large can (20 oz) Dole Pineapple chunks
1 large jar Tostitos Chunky Salsa (Medium)
3 packages Uncle Ben’s Ready Brown Rice (Microwavable)
2 tbls Olive Oil
¼ tsp Chili powder
¼ tsp Paprika
Salt to taste
- Slice onion and pepper into thin slices
- Slice both sausages into approximately ½ in. pieces (sausages cut easily if semi-frozen)
- In a large sauté pan heat olive oil and sauté onions and peppers over medium heat for 4-5 minutes, stirring frequently to prevent burning. Add all spices, stir to mix well.
- Add pineapple and salsa, lower heat to simmer.
- Cook each package of rice in microwave following instructions on box
- Mix in cooked rice, remove from heat. Serve.