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So many Creole and Cajun dishes make for great comfort food, but they are all really complicated and take forever, right? WRONG! With this Creole Jambalaya recipe, you can bring all of the savory, rich flavors of Louisiana into your home in under an hour. It’s great and easy enough for a warm, everyday family dinner but also a fantastic idea for your next tailgate or potluck!
Though I don’t think that the Gulf Coast is quite as different from the rest of Mississippi as some people say, there is no denying that that proximity to New Orleans has had an effect on the locals’ food choices. Though I live a good bit north of the Coast now, after a few rainy days in this small college town, such as we have had here recently, my Deep South roots really come out in some of my comfort food cravings. I have so many fond memories of Mother slaving over a richly aromatic seafood gumbo…even on a summer day, when it was storming outside, I loved to curl up under a blanket with a full bowl of gumbo and feast on its delightful smells and beautifully mixed, spicy Louisiana flavors.
I didn’t really feel up to a full day in the kitchen, though, and let’s face it: making a good gumbo can be really hard and time-consuming. Thankfully, there are recipes like this delicious Creole jambalaya that can be made in under an hour and still offer all of that uniquely comforting, gourmet New Orleans-style Deep South flavor to your dinner table in under an hour. (I ate plenty of jambalaya growing up, too.)
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Quick tip: If possible, use fresh shrimp for this dish. It makes all the difference!