Some Kinda Good Jambalaya

Ingredients

  • 4 thick slices of bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 c chicken stock
  • 29 oz can fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 2 c long-grain white rice
  • 2 tbsp. of tomato paste
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp. Herbs de Provence, crushed
  • 2 tbsp. of Old Bay
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and diced
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, sliced
  • 2 bell peppers, 1 red and 1 green, diced
  • 1 lb sausage, such as kielbasa or Italian, sliced diagonally
  • 1 1/2 lb of medium shrimp, peeled and deveined

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a dutch oven, fry the bacon pieces until brown, remove from the pan to drain on paper towels and set aside. In the rendered bacon fat, sear the sausage cooking on all sides, then scoop them out and set aside. Add the bell and jalapeno peppers, celery, onion, and garlic and stir until fragrant and softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the seasonings, Old Bay, Herbs de Provence, salt and pepper. Add the tomato paste and rice, and stir to toast the rice for 2 minutes. Return bacon and sausage to the pot. Add the chicken stock and bay leaf. Cover the pot with a lid and bring the mixture to a boil. Place the pot in the oven and bake for 25 minutes.
  2. Season shrimp with Old Bay. Remove the pot from the oven and tuck the shrimp into the rice mixture. Place the lid back on the pot and return to the oven to bake until the stock has been absorbed and the rice is tender and moist, 20 – 25 minutes.