Cajun Cabbage Jambalaya

Jambalaya
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Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 55 mins
Total: 75 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
411 Calories
16g Fat
55g Carbs
16g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 411
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 20%
Saturated Fat 5g 27%
Cholesterol 39mg 13%
Sodium 679mg 30%
Total Carbohydrate 55g 20%
Dietary Fiber 9g 32%
Protein 16g
Calcium 167mg 13%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Jambalaya is a staple of the Creole and Cajun traditions. In these cuisines, recipes and ingredients from France, Spain, and West Africa came together to give birth to rich and flavorful dishes that were heavily seasoned and adapted to the local ingredients of the American South. Jambalaya is one of the most renowned dishes of this heritage and is made in many variations. Our recipe, heavy on delicious cabbage, is a wonderful and moist rice preparation seasoned with chili powder, paprika, and cumin, filled with pork sausage and flavored by the holy trinity of Creole cuisine: celery, peppers, and onions. This version takes a little over one hour from start to finish, so it can be made on the spot and without too much time ahead of your mealtime. For first-time jambalaya cooks, this is a straightforward recipe that requires just attention to the timing but doesn't entail a lot of technical skills.

Besides the traditional seasonings, the key to perfect jambalaya lies in the type of rice that is used. Usually made with long-grain rice like basmati, it cooks to fluffy grains that don't stick to each other or agglutinate into a mush in the pan, as could happen with sticky rice, sweet rice, or Thai sticky rice. As for the sausage, we choose a spicy pork sausage, but you can use your favorite type of sausage. Strong flavors are recommended because they're part of the jambalaya's character. Chicken broth adds moisture and is the foundation onto which the flavor builds, but vegetable broth is a pretty good second-best if that's what you have at hand. In either case, choose a low-sodium broth. This recipe is naturally gluten free, but check the ingredients of your sausage and broth, as mass-produced sausages might use wheat-based products as a binder, and broths can use wheat as thickeners.

Serve this delicious jambalaya with other Southern classics, such as cornbread hush puppies, collard greens, or corn on the cob. The dish is very filling on its own, so you won't need a lot of side dishes to serve a true feast. Be mindful that once the rice is ready, you must serve it right away as it will continue to absorb moisture and start to dry out. Any leftovers can be kept in the fridge for up to two days, but when reheating, adding extra chicken or vegetable broth is recommended so the rice loosens and the jambalaya becomes moist again.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound spicy pork sausage
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup celery, sliced
  • 1 head green cabbage, chopped
  • 1 (14-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup uncooked brown basmati rice
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In large pot, cook the pork sausage with onion and garlic until browned.

  3. Stir in green bell pepper and celery; cook and stir for 3 minutes longer.

  4. Add all remaining ingredients and bring to a boil.

  5. Cover, reduce heat to low, then cook, stirring occasionally, until rice is tender, about 40 to 50 minutes.