Chef John Besh of August in New Orleans says he’s been eating jambalaya ever since he could chew. For this quick, simplified version of the Creole classic, he insists on high-quality, well-seasoned meat because the andouille and breakfast sausage provide the bulk of the flavor in the dish. Slideshow:  More Cajun and Creole Recipes  Recipe from Food & Wine Chefs' Easy Weeknight Dinners. 

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Credit: © Fredrika Stjärne

Recipe Summary

active:
20 mins
total:
45 mins
Yield:
4 to 6
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Heat a large enameled cast-iron casserole until hot. Add the oil and both sausages and cook over moderate heat, stirring to break up the breakfast sausage, until the fat renders and the sausages brown, about 8 minutes.

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  • Add the onion and cook, stirring frequently, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the bell pepper, celery and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until the bell pepper and celery are crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in the rice, bay leaf and thyme, season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring, for 3 minutes.

  • Add the stock and tomatoes and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to moderately low, cover and simmer until the rice is tender, about 20 minutes. Fold in the scallions and serve with Tabasco.

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