I have a friend who is just obsessed with Jambalaya, we had it in New Orleans once and I believe he's had some business trips there and had some more. At home there is no place to have good Jambalaya according to him. He says most places serve you yellow rice with stuff in it. Now Jambalaya came out of settlers trying to make paella from what they had and so it should be somewhat yellow rice with stuff in it. Now I haven't seen the dishes hes talking about, I'm sure a few are indeed yellow rice mixed with stuff instead of an actual pot of prepared Jambalaya, but all the pictures of Jambalaya I seen the Internet, while I wouldn't describe it as yellow rice with stuff in it, that basically what it looks like.
I went to my friends house and he was going to show me real Jambalaya, and as picky as he is with having really Jambalaya, hes at the same time a real, a man, a can, a plan, type of cook. So I don't know if what came out was what he intended to come out, but what came out was this really thick tomato based, almost casserole type consistency, pot. Again all the pictures I've seen are more paella looking, some with a lot of ingredients, some with just sausage. I looked for a long time for a recipe and made it and maybe I let it simmer too long or what, but it didn't come out as moist as the recipe looked, and again I could have served that to some unsuspecting person and they may have thought it was yellow rice with "stuff" thrown in.
So what should Jambalaya look like?
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