I am a serious sucker for potlucks. Is there anything better than making 1 dish, bringing it somewhere to share and get to try a bunch of different dishes in exchange? SCORE! I was invited to a Soul Food potluck (on Super Foosball day no less) and was very intrigued. It stressed me out a bit actually as I knew it would be a challenge. I really enjoy soul food, but haven’t really made much of it myself. And I of course waited to the last minute to decide what to make (well, the day before the potluck anyway). I looked up a bunch of different recipes, looked at the ingredients in general and threw this jambalaya together.
The nice thing about jambalaya is that you can kind of just throw a bunch of things together and it turns out great without fail! I promise, just try it out, it’ll work out =)
Before I tell you the recipe though, I’ll let you drool over the awesome food I got to try.
SO GOOD. This coming weekend I have a chocolate exchange/potluck. So I should have some good recipes next week to share. In the meantime, enjoy this dish.
Jambalaya (feeds 4-6 hungry people)
1 cup of uncooked rice
3 cloves of garlic, diced
1 small onion, diced
3 stalks of celery, thinly sliced
about a dozen cremini mushrooms, sliced
1 medium zucchini, sliced
1.5 cups okra, trimmed (tops & bottoms removed) and sliced
2 bell peppers (green and other colour of your choice), cut into chunks
1 chili pepper, diced, most of the seeds removed (save a few for spice)
1.5 cup of cooked black eyed peas (I soaked & cooked mine – canned is fine!)
2 large handfuls of chard, roughly chopped
1 can of fire roasted, diced tomatoes
1 cup of water
spices: 1 tbsp of sea salt, 1/2 tbsp black pepper, 2 tbsp paprika, 1/2 tbsp of cayenne (less if you don’t like spice), 1 tbsp oregano, 1 tbsp thyme
Start with your rice. Drain & rinse it, then add it and 2 cups of vegetable broth to a pot and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to low-medium, add a lid and simmer until the liquid has cooked off. While that’s cooking, heat 2 tbsp of oil in a large pot and add the garlic, onion & celery and sautée for about 5 minutes. Add the mushrooms and sautée until their liquid is released. Add the zucchini and peppers and sautée another few minutes. Add the rest of your ingredients, stir it well to combine and bring it to a boil. Once it’s reached a low boil, turn it down to low heat and simmer for one hour to allow the spices to meld into the veggies. Add the rice and stir it up again and enjoy.
Perfect way to spend super foosball day ;p How did you spend Sunday?