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This is a pretty good recipe and using eggplant in this dish is a good idea. This dish has lots of room for you to improvise and create your own jambalaya. This recipe is Creole-style, with a tomato base, but you may omit the tomato paste and tomatoes if you want country-style jambalaya. Serve with a salad and ice cold beer.
- ½ cup olive oil
- 2 cups yellow onions, small dice
- 1 cup red onions, small dice
- 1 cup bell peppers, small dice
- 1 cup celery, small dice
- 2 cups eggplants, diced
- 1 cup yellow squash, diced
- 1 cup zucchini, diced
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 2 tablespoons minced shallots
- 3 cups chopped tomatoes
- salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- ½ – 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, to taste
- 2 teaspoons Creole seasoning, to taste
- ½ teaspoon dried thyme
- 3 bay leaves
- 4 cups long-grain rice
- 1 cup tomato paste
- 8 cups vegetable stock
- 1 cup chopped green onions
- Heat the oil in a large heavy pot over medium heat.
- Add the onions, shallots, bell peppers and garlic and saute until tender, about 5 minutes.
- Add the eggplant, squash, and zucchini, and saute until they're tender, about other 5 minutes or so.
- Add the tomatoes.
- Season with salt, creole seasoning, and additional cayenne, if desired.
- Add the bay leaves.
- Add the rice and stir for 2 to 3 minutes.
- Heat the tomato paste in a non-stick pan and stir, making sure it doesn't stick or burn, until the sugars in the paste begin to caramelize, and the paste begins to turn a deep mahogany color.
- Deglaze with some of the vegetable stock, stir and combine thoroughly.
- Add the tomato paste to the rest of the vegetable stock and stir until well-blended.
- Add the vegetable stock/tomato mixture to vegetables, stir and cover.
- Cook for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the rice is tender and the liquid has been absorbed.
- Do not stir the jambalaya while it's cooking.
- Remove from heat and let stand for 2–3 minutes.
- Add the green onions and mix thoroughly.
- Garnish with some fresh long chives, and serve with a salad and good beer.