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Thomas Jefferson's Jambalaya


President Jefferson requested this dish frequently.


  • 1 tablespoon shortening
  • 1 pound ham or pork sausage
  • 1/2 cup green pepper, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 3 cups shrimp, peeled, cleaned and cooked
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 3 cups tomatoes, skinned, seeded and diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons parsley
  • 2 cups long grained rice
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper


  1. Melt shortening in a large fry pan.
  2. Cut ham or pork into 1/2 inch cubes and add to shortening, stir for 1 minute and add green pepper; cook for 5 minutes, stirring often.
  3. Stir in flour until smooth and cook 1 to 2 minutes.
  4. Add shrimp, onion, tomatoes, garlic and parsley. Cook until it starts to boil, stir in rice and 4 cups water, salt, thyme, Worcestershire sauce, red pepper; cover tightly and cook for 30 minutes or until rice is tender and all liquid is absorbed.
  5. Sprinkle with chopped parsley.

Posted by artsycook at May 17, 2001.


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