Slow Cooker Jambalaya

Slow Cooker Jambalaya
Recipe adapted from:  Spicy Southern Kitchen

1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 (14.5-ounce) can beef broth
1 (8-ounce) can tomato paste
2 bay leaves
2 tsp. dried basil
1 ½ tsp. dried oregano
½ tsp. Creole Seasoning
½ tsp. hot sauce
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. Worcestershire sauce
¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
¼ tsp. black pepper
1 medium onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
2 celery ribs, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb. Andouille sausage or kielbasa, cut into angled slices
2 chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
½ lb. shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 ½ c. white rice
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley

Combine first 12 ingredients in a 6-quart slow cooker and stir to combine.

Add onion, green pepper, celery, garlic, sausage, and chicken. Stir to combine.

Cover crock pot and cook on LOW 4 to 5 hours.

Set a larger strainer/sieve over a large bowl and pour about 75% of liquid through strainer. You should have about 3 cups to cook the rice in. Add water to get 3 cups if necessary.

Return all solids to crock pot. Stir in parsley and shrimp. Cover crock pot and cook on LOW 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, bring the 3 cups of liquid to a boil. Stir in rice and cook according to package directions.

Add cooked rice to slow cooker and mix in. Serve.


Our Thoughts:

This was absolutely out-of-this-world.  The whole adventure began because Jen had been talking about wanting jambalaya for months, and finally Jeremy decided he was going to surprise her.  It came out perfectly with no modification except the brands of hot sauce and creole seasoning.  All parts were cooked perfectly; from the chicken, to the shrimp, to the sausage, and the rice.  The fact that you can make it in the slow cooker is wonderful, especially for a lazy afternoon around the house.  Other than adding the initial ingredients and the prep, there’s really only about fifteen to twenty-five minutes of actual work here, and the payoff is huge.  This was so addictive that between Jen, Jeremy, and the girls, there was not even a spoonful left at the end of dinner, which was a shame because Jeremy would have loved to take some to work for lunch!  Worth every ounce of effort it took to make this.  Great for the whole family, and if your kids don’t do well with spicy food, just eliminate some of the seasonings and the hot sauce and then add them at the table when serving.  THIS IS A MUST TRY if you have a crock pot or slow cooker!

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