Versatile Jambalaya Recipes plus Seafood Jambalaya Frittata #SundaySupper

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Versatile Jambalaya Recipes plus Seafood Jambalaya Frittata #SundaySupper
Seafood Jambalaya Frittata #SundaySupper

Seafood Jambalaya Frittata Photo by Sunday Supper

Jambalaya is one of those dishes that is so ingrained in American, and especially Louisianan, culinary history that its origin gets a bit muddled. Or at least mixed up, like jambalaya itself.

Like so many classic Louisiana dishes, jambalaya is a mashup of influences. There is connection to Spanish paella. In the Provence region of France the world jambalaia is used to describe a “mish mash,” which jambalaya certainly is. France is a strong influence in Cajun and Creole cooking, found throughout Louisiana. And so much of the food of the American South has roots in Africa. The West African word for rice is ya, which is neatly tucked at the end of the word. Various Internet sources, including Wikipedia, parse the word and dish.

This week, the Sunday Supper tastemakers are using jambalaya mixes and creole seasonings from Zatarain’s to put their own spin on the classic dish. On Sunday, Zatarain’s joins us at the table for our weekly 7 p.m. ET Twitter chat. We certainly expect the good times to roll for the virtual Mardi Gras party.

Using the original Zatarain’s jambalaya mix, I prepared a seafood version with bay scallops and shrimp. After letting the mixture cool for about 15 minutes, I used it as the flavor fuel for an 8-egg frittata. (Hot jambalaya will cook the eggs unevenly.) The results were delicious. And versatile. Seafood Jambalaya is a fabulous brunch entree, but it’s also a good offering for dinner, even lunch.

With just two people in my household, a large frittata can take a while to eat. After it cooled, I wrapped and stored it in the refrigerator and my husband ate it for breakfast three days in a row, heating it gently in the microwave. What a good guy.

The spice/rice mix from Zatarain’s is a convenient head start, leavings lots of room for interpretations. Check out the #SundaySupper variations below.

Seafood Jambalaya Frittata

Seafood Jambalaya Frittata Photo by Sunday Supper

Seafood Jambalaya Frittata #SundaySupper
 
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Serves: Serves 4
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided use
  • 1 medium green pepper, diced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 medium tomatoes, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 package Zatarain’s original Jambalaya mix
  • 2 cups water
  • ½ pound bay scallops
  • ½ pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 8 eggs
  • ⅓ cup half-and-half
  • ¼ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Heat a 10-inch non-stick, oven-proof (with lid) over medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil. When it shimmers, add green pepper and onion, plus salt. Stir occasionally and cook until mixture softens, about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes and cook for another 3 minutes. Stir in minced garlic and cook for another minute.
  2. Gently incorporate contents of Jambalaya mix, then add water. Bring to simmer, cover and cook for about 15 minutes, stirring frequently. The juice from the tomatoes should release enough liquid with the water to cook the rice. If more is needed, add ¼ cup water. When rice is tender, add scallops and shrimp. Stir, cover and set aside. The heat from the rice will cook the seafood. Let jambalaya cool for about 15 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Break eggs into a mixing bowl and add half-and-half. Whisk just until yolks are slightly blended. Don’t over beat.
  4. Reheat the skillet over medium heat. Add ¼ cup olive oil and swirl to coat. Scoop 3 cups of jambalaya into the skillet and spread evenly in the pan. (Save the remaining jambalaya for a work lunch.) Gently pour the egg mixture into pan. Let cook for a few minutes and then gently push in the sides to let eggs run underneath the cooked portion. Do this a couple times.
  5. When the egg mixture is set on the bottom but still loose on top, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Place in oven and cook for 10 to 13 minutes, until top is set and slightly browned.
  6. Can be served hot, warm or at room temperature. To store leftovers, wrap well and refrigerate. Reheat gently in microwave.

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 Easy jambalaya recipes start with Zatarain's mixes and end with 20 #SundaySupper interpretations plus a recipe for Seafood Jambalaya Frittata.

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Janet K. Keeler

Award-winning journalist Janet K. Keeler was the longtime food and travel editor of the Tampa Bay Times in St. Petersburg, Fl. She is now an assistant professor of journalism and food writing at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. Janet retired from daily newspaper journalism in April 2015, ending a 35-year career. She has been a news reporter, copy desk chief, and features editor. She is also the author of “Cookielicious: 150 Fabulous Recipes to Bake & Share,” which was published in 2010 by Seaside Publishing.

6 Comments

  1. This beautiful frittata is totally worth making jambalaya for but it would be a fabulous way to use jambalaya leftovers as well!

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  2. thatskinnychickcanbake

    I love a recipe that’s so versatile! I’d eat this any time of the day!

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  3. The perfect way to enjoy Jambalaya anytime of the day!

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  4. Such a gorgeous Frittata and I love the unique spin!

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