Traditionally, jumbalaya is spicy. For some families, that works. For most families I know, spicy automatically makes it a no-go recipe.
My husband really likes jumbalaya (actually, he likes to sing about it even more), but the spiciness of traditional jumbalaya isn’t something we can feed to all the children (we do have a couple of spice-lovin’ children, but most would rather eat sandpaper).
That’s why I decided to take this Cajun stew down a notch without sacrificing flavor to make it a dish everyone could enjoy.
It was such a beautiful dish to cook.
Mmmmm…makes my mouth water just looking at it!
Family Friendly Jumbalaya
2 Tbsp butter
1 pound sausage
2 large bell peppers (we like red for color), diced
2 large onions, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
6 ribs of celery, diced
salt & pepper to taste
4 large tomatoes, diced (in the winter, we use canned)
1 pound of frozen, cooked shrimp (you can do raw, but adjust cooking time accordingly)
3 c. quick cook brown rice
4 c. chicken broth
2 c. water
hot sauce on the side for those who like it spicy!
Melt the butter in a large stock pot and add sausage. Cook until browned. Add your peppers, onions, celery, garlic, salt, and pepper. Saute for about 8 minutes until your vegetables are browned and yummy looking. Stir in the tomatoes and shrimp. Then add the rice, followed by the broth and water. Gently stir. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until rice is tender. Serve immediately.
We add corn on the cob in the summer as a special treat!
This recipe easily feeds our entire family of 9. Everyone loves it! We hope you do too!
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