Jambalaya in the Nesco

Making Jambalaya at home is very simple, especially in the Nesco

Last Updated on April 9, 2022

Jambalaya

In the midst of the last move, I forgot to close out the old gas bill and was not reminded when I turned the new gas on.  I got a nasty letter from the gas company saying that they are going to turn off my gas in the new place if I don’t immediately pay the old bill and that I have to call a certain phone number when I make the payment. To make sure that the payment is properly recorded, I went to the local gas company on July 2, 2013, and paid the bill in person. Then I called the special number at about 3:30 pm and got a recorded message that the gas company was open from 8:00 am to 5:15 pm.  I figured that in the information age, the payment would be recorded and all would be well.

The Problem

I was wrong. When I got home yesterday, Monday, July 8, 2013, Spane and I were hungry, so I started dinner early, at 4:30. I chopped the vegetables, cut the meat, put butter in the pan, turned the knob – and ……. nothing. No gas. I called the gas company, the special number and again was told that the office was open from 8:00 am to 5:15 pm, a full 45 minutes before the office was supposed to close. When calling the regular number, I got a nice woman who I kept on apologizing to because I was so mad, and she said the gas would be turned back on tomorrow, Wednesday, July 10, 2013 between 8:00am and 5:00 pm, and to make sure that all pets were secure and gates open. I chuckled and said, “Humph, you didn’t seem to have any problems turning it off, did you?”

The Solution

That meant that today, I don’t have gas. I have been on the phone with them, and have asked for a supervisor. I’m still waiting for a callback, but I’m not waiting anymore to make dinner. I have a small Nesco, and I’m going to make my Jambalaya in it. This is one of the reasons I have this wonderful roaster oven, so I can cook no matter what.

My recipe for Jambalaya follows and I have more recipes for foods perfect for the Nesco.

I also have an updated recipe for Jambalaya in the Instant Pot. It’s a set it and forget it kind of recipe, just as spicy and delicious.

Let’s Cook Jambalaya in the Nesco with Creole Seasoning

Jambalaya in the Nesco

Making Jambalaya at home is very simple, especially in the Nesco
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Cajun
Servings (slide to adjust): 4 servings
Calories: 242kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • ½ cup sweet bell peppers, sliced
  • 1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon chicken base
  • water
  • Creole Seasoning
  • ¾ cup rice
  • 1 Polska Kielbasa, sliced
  • Sour Cream for garnish
Ingredients necessary for the recipe step are in italic.

Instructions

  • Heat the Nesco to 400 degrees.
  • 1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
    Drain the tomatoes into a measuring cup. Set the tomatoes aside.
  • water
    Add enough hot water to the tomato juice to make up 1 1/2 cups of liquid.
  • 1 teaspoon chicken base
    Add the chicken base to the liquid, and stir to combine. Set aside.
  • 1 tablespoon butter
    Put the butter in the bottom of the well, and put the well into the Nesco.
  • 1 clove garlic, 1 onion, 1/2 cup sweet bell peppers
    Add the garlic, onions, and peppers. Don’t worry if it all looks like a mess, it will cook up nicely.
  • Vegetables in the Well
  • Stir the vegetables occasionally and cook them until they are soft, about 10 minutes.
  • Vegetables cooked
  • Reduce the temperature to 275.
  • Creole Seasoning
    Add the Creole seasoning, and the rice. Stir to coat the rice with the spice and vegetables.
  • 3/4 cup rice
    Rice added to vegetables
  • 1 Polska Kielbasa
    Add the tomatoes, liquid, and sausage.
  • Cook, covered, until the rice is soft, about 25 minutes. Turn the Nesco off.
  • Sour Cream for garnish
    Serve with a dollop of sour cream for garnish.

Notes

Of course, you can easily make this in a deep pan on the stove top. You can also make it for a crowd by adding more cooked meat and increasing the amount of rice and liquid.
You can add any kind of cooked meat you have, or add shrimp in the last five minutes of cooking so they do not overcook.

Nutrition

Calories: 242kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 9gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 53mgSodium: 694mgPotassium: 150mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3g
Got Questions? Let me know!Mention @arbpen or tag #arbpen!

Creole Seasoning

Creole Seasoning

This is the Creole seasoning I use for my Jambalaya
Prep Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 1 minute
Course: Spice Mix
Cuisine: Cajun
Servings (slide to adjust): 4
Calories: 11kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
Ingredients necessary for the recipe step are in italic.

Instructions

  • Mix all the ingredients together in a mortar and pestle. This will make enough seasoning for 1 dish.

Notes

If you don’t have a mortar and pestle, use a small food processor. If you want to make a bigger batch, increase the ingredients proportionately.
Variations
You can increase the cayenne if you want it spicier.

Nutrition

Calories: 11kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 0gFat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0gMonounsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1mgPotassium: 54mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1g
Got Questions? Let me know!Mention @arbpen or tag #arbpen!

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About arbpen

As an award-winning and serious home cook, I seriously believe there is no reason why you can't have a restaurant quality meal at home. One of the good things about eating at home is to save money, so armed with a good menu plan, a shopping list, and an appreciation of good food, we can all have gourmet food on a budget.

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