A creole-style (red) jambalaya always includes tomatoes. I like using tomato paste instead of canned or fresh tomatoes because it adds deeper flavor and gives the finished dish a rich hue. The shrimp are cooked for a long time, which may seem odd, but this method yields a flavorful jambalaya with tender—never mushy—shrimp. If you can find head-on shrimp, this is the place to use them; just remove and discard the heads at the point in the recipe where you peel and devein the shrimp.
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My preference, when a dish combines rice and vegetables, is to use a rough chop, so that everything is not the same size, which is the problem with this dish. Here, nothing is distinguishable. Also, I found it somewhat dry. If I try it again, I'll use a can of fire-roasted chopped tomatoes, as well as larger pieces of celery, onions and peppers. Which, I guess, makes it a different dish.
Great recipe! Everyone from my 84 yr old mother who can't eat spicy food to a picky daughter loved it!I used chicken thighs/breasts in addition to shrimp and brown rice instead of white.Wonderful flavor. I didn't have a big enough pot so I cooked it in the oven in a heavy roaster and it was perfect.No burnt pot or mushy rice. Definitely a keeper!
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