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New Orleans Food Recipe – Mardi Gras Jambalaya

New Orleans Food Recipe – Mardi Gras Jambalaya

Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday”, reflecting the traditional practice of the last day of eating rich, fatty foods before Lent but, in many areas of the world, this now refers to the whole period of celebrations and carnivals leading up to Ash Wednesday itself; for example, the festival starts on Twelfth Night in New Orleans so there are some wonderful foods to help everyone celebrate! has been checking them out and our favourite is Jambalaya, a delicious meal of rice, chicken and prawns in a spicy sauce   – with thanks to the BBC Good Food website for their recipe.

Serves 4 people


• 1 red chilli
• 1 tbs of olive oil
• 2 cloves of garlic
• 2 bay leaves
• Sprig of parsley (chopped fresh)
• 1 tsp of cayenne pepper (be careful, this is hot!)
• 1tsp of paprika
• 1 red pepper
• 1 large onion
• 2/4 sticks of celery
• 2 chicken breasts
• 1 can of chopped tomatoes
• 3 tbs of tomato puree
• 3oz of smoked sausage cut in to thin slices (Chorizo)
• 1 cup of long grain rice
• 1 doz shrimp or prawns
• ½ to 1 pint of chicken stock


1. Dice the chilli, prepare the veg and the chicken and slice the sausage into thin slices.
2. Heat the oil in a large non-stick pan, add the chilli and cook for 1 minute.
3. Add the chicken and stir for 2 minutes.
4. Add the stock, tin of tomatoes and puree.
5. Bring to the boil and add the smoked sausage, bay leaf, parsley, garlic, cayenne pepper and paprika (adjust this to your taste) then add the veg and cook for 5 minutes.
6. Bring back to the boil and add the rice.  Cook until the rice is cooked (add stock or water if necessary) then reduce most of the liquid and add the shrimp/prawns.  Cook for a further 3 minutes, then serve.


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