Spicy Jambalaya

This is a recipe handed down to me by my mother. It’s definitely a household favourite and one I will gladly share! Enjoy!

SPICY JAMBALAYA
Prep time: 30 minutes (while the sausage is freezing I cut everything else)
Cook time: 45 minutes
Yields: 4-6 servings (rough estimate) 

1 lb Spicy Italian sausage (freeze for 15-30 minutes before cutting)
2 green peppers, diced
1 red pepper, diced
1 onion, diced
4 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tsp oregano
½ tsp cayenne
1 tbsp basil
2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and thinly diced
3 tbsp tomato paste
1 cup white wine (or chicken broth)
3 cups chicken broth
2 cups rice
1 lb shrimp or prawns
2 cups diced smoked ham (optional)
¼ cup cilantro (optional) 

Slice sausage into ½ inch pieces & cook in large wok or pot for 10 minutes (until cooked). Drain fat and return to heat.
Add green pepper, red pepper, onion, garlic, oregano, basil, and jalapeno peppers. Cook for 10 minutes.
Add tomato paste, wine, chicken broth, and rice. Bring to a simmer. Cover and gently simmer for 20 minutes, until rice is cooked.
Add shrimp/prawns and ham. Cover and cook for 5 minutes, or until shrimp/prawns are cooked.
Mix in cilantro and cook for 1 minute, then serve.

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