Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Jambalaya Sandwich

I saw Guy Fieri do this sandwich about 8 months ago on TV. 
I've been thinking of it ever since.
What's not to like about a jambalaya sandwich?

Some people, purists like my sister, might enjoy it best in the traditional way with rice.
But I have a very nice recipe already on my blog for Jambalaya, and I needed it in a sandwich! 
What an easy way to fill a bun; meat, sauce, veggies and zesty spices dumped into your bread of choice and enjoyed right away.  I wouldn't want to eat jambalaya on a hot day, but I would always, always want it in a sandwich!

What about you?
If so, go for it!

This is easy and comes together quickly too.  My only advice is to use a sturdy roll or baguette for this.  The hoagie rolls I used were too soft and after a couple of minutes made the bread soggy so we couldn't pick these up anymore.... though it just might have been the amount of sauce I added to mine. I love sauce...

Serves 6-8

1 cup peppers
1 cup onions
1 cup celery
3-4 garlic cloves, crushed or minced
1-3 Tbsp olive oil
2 chicken breasts
1 lb andouille sausage or hot links, sliced
1 lb prawns, cleaned and tails pulled off
1 can tomatoes, diced with their juice
1/2 can of tomato paste (about 2-3 Tbsp)
1 tsp thyme, dried or fresh
1 tsp oregano, dried or fresh
1-3 Tbsp Frank's red Hot, or other hot sauce
Salt & pepper to taste

Heat the oven to 300 degrees to warm your sandwich buns, if desired.

In a large dutch oven, over medium high heat, add the olive oil, onions, peppers and celery.  Saute for about 5 minutes, until the onions have started to soften up and take on some brownish color.  Add the garlic and cook 1-2 more minutes. Remove the sauteed veggies to a side plate, and use the same pan to brown the chicken in a little more oil for about 6-7 minutes, add the sausage and continue to cook for 2-3 more minutes. Add reserved cooked veggies.

This is what it looked like right before I added the tomatoes. It will be much saucier in a minute...

Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, and spices.  Bring to a boil and add the shrimp.  Turn down to medium and cook for about 2-3 more minutes until the shrimp are pink, stirring occasionally.  Add hot sauce, salt and pepper to taste. 

Add to rolls and serve!



  1. Those look like Costco sandwich rolls (of course, right?). You might try toasting them first. I've had some luck doing that with per types of sandwiches,

  2. You've got a good eye, those ARE Costco buns. I did heat them but not enough, and I probably should have toasted the insides too! But then again, it might have been the copious amounts of sauce I added!