jambalaya for Mardi Gras

by Kristina Sloggett

in Dinner, Guest Posts, recipes, Vegan

There was a time I did not like spicy foods. Actually, I think I just never gave them a chance, and certainly never cooked anything spicy or with any amount of heat. My dad loves spicy foods. My brother loves spicy foods. Jason loves spicy foods.

Little by little, I have come around and now I love spicy foods. I will always stand by my original thought, though – that it must be a flavorful heat, not just so hot that I am crying and cannot taste anything. I have been having fun learning about peppers and spices, and their varying heat levels.

When Julie asked me to create something for Mighty Vegan’s Mardi Gras, I was honored and excited, and I knew exactly what I would be making – jambalaya!

Julie is celebrating her home town of New Orleans by hosting a series of Mardi Gras food and recipe posts on Mighty Vegan.

My jambalaya recipe is featured today – check that out here.

She has already posted a po-boy recipe as well, which sounds amazing. I am honored to be a part of the series, and look forward to seeing other New Orleans traditions – stop by Mighty Vegan and say hello!

Fat Tuesday is two weeks from today – will you be celebrating Mardi Gras?

Are you a spicy food fan?

 

{ 33 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Christin@purplebirdblog February 7, 2012 at 10:16 am

I love spicy foods, but I’ve actually been CRAVING them hardcore lately, the spicier the better, way more spice than normal… so much so that I was actually really relieved when my period got here last week. Thank goodness it’s not that!

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2 Christin@purplebirdblog February 7, 2012 at 12:28 pm

Oh, and I just tagged you in some silly quiz thing, if you’re so inclined.

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3 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table February 7, 2012 at 10:18 am

Great recipe! I’ve actually never had jambalaya because it has seafood in it. I’m going to have to try this one out. The spicier, the better. :)

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4 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen February 7, 2012 at 11:00 am

LOVE spicy food. I take after my dad though and usually start sweating when eating it. Not the most attractive thing in the world but it doesn’t stop me ;)

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5 Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen February 7, 2012 at 11:20 am

Is it really already Mardi Gras??? I can eat jambalaya any time…and I’m excited to see your vegan recipe!

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6 Allie February 7, 2012 at 12:09 pm

I am definitely checking this out! I am weird enough to love okra (and have a bag of frozen okra that needs to be used). I usually don’t do much for Mardi Gras, but now I’m thinking I just might have to celebrate…

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7 Tiffany February 7, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Love the spice and I always love that I can spot a fresh jalapeno in your food pics, it’s the first thing I see :) I need to check out her site for your recipe and the po boy recipe, they are absolutely delicious.

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8 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) February 7, 2012 at 1:22 pm

This looks amazing! I love heat, but it has to be a flavor component, not just hot. I want to taste the spice not be on fire. I have really developed a deep love for spicy foods! I haven’t have Jambalaya since I developed a recipe for a client two years ago…I have no idea why because it is so dang good!

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9 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com February 7, 2012 at 4:16 pm

Ya bet I am a spicy foodie for sure ;)

I want to dive into that jambalaya deliciousness!!!

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10 lindsay February 7, 2012 at 4:16 pm

hell ya! we like it spicy! like everything. This will be a must make in our kitchen soon.

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11 Miranda @ Biting Life February 7, 2012 at 7:25 pm

I love this! Since I visited New Orleans this past Christmas, I’ve been OBSESSED with the awesome food from there. Thanks for this awesome recipe to fulfill my cravings :)

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12 Pure2raw twins February 7, 2012 at 7:34 pm

Gary loves Jambalaya! I am bookmarking this page! and Gary loves spicy foods, and I go through periods of liking it then not so much, the spicy flavors starts to get to me and over powers the dish

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13 Char @ www.charskitchen.ca February 7, 2012 at 10:34 pm

I loooove spicy foods! It was the jalapeno that grabbed me and pulled me into this post :D I wasn’t always a fan of spicy, either. And then I remember discovering hot sauce. Tabasco and Frank’s Red Hot soaked into EVERYTHING. I’ve been in love with spicy ever since <3

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14 myfudo February 7, 2012 at 11:15 pm

Must try…I want the same colorful bowl as well…Looks really cute!

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15 Jeni Treehugger February 8, 2012 at 12:49 am

I lurrrrrve spicy food, that Jambalaya lloks F.A.B!

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16 Miz February 8, 2012 at 3:41 am

I am not BUT BUT I bet you could make me one.

xo

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17 Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning February 8, 2012 at 11:17 am

My husband is obsessed with jambalaya and always orders it if it’s on a menu somewhere. I’ve made it a few times at home, and it turned out pretty well- it wasn’t vegan, though. I wonder if it would be good with tempeh instead of vegan sausage? And I’ve got to get my hands on some soy curls to compare the difference with TSP!

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18 Kath (My Funny Little Life) February 8, 2012 at 4:01 pm

I love spicy foods. And my consumption of chili and pepper is, well, impressive. When I cook for my parents, I always let them spice the food themselves. ;)

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19 Julia {The Roasted Root} February 10, 2012 at 12:13 pm

As a west-coaster, Louisiana-inspired dishes are hard to come by here…I hardly ever see okra at the grocery store, unfortunately :( Nevertheless, I am always up for a gumbo or jambalaya – your recipe takes me back to New Orleans – very nice work!

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20 Carl February 10, 2012 at 4:40 pm

I’m just waiting on my soy curl order, should get to make this in time for Fat Tuesday, yay!

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21 Carol Silver February 13, 2012 at 4:24 pm

I just made this for dinner, we love it! spicy spicy and that is a popular thing in our house! thank you!

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22 Indra February 20, 2012 at 12:01 pm

can’t wait to make this – looks great! I’ve never even had a jambalaya so I’m looking forward to this!

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23 Matt and Mark February 20, 2012 at 2:38 pm

oh girl you KNOW we are making this tomorrow!! have a good one, still thinking of you every day XO

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24 Jeanette February 21, 2012 at 6:47 pm

I love spicy food, and our vegan jambalaya sounds awesome (checked out your recipe)!

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25 spabettie February 22, 2012 at 7:30 am

we love spicy here too, Jeanette! I think this one will work for you then!

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26 Jim February 24, 2012 at 1:20 am

great photos

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27 Chandra February 25, 2012 at 5:58 am

looks good, do you actually celebrate Fat Tuesday?

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28 Robin February 28, 2012 at 6:29 am

I made this on Sunday…SO good…my husband emailed me yesterday and said he was craving more! Thanks for the great food ideas! I had to let it cook for 4 hours…the brown rice takes FOREVER to fluff up! :)

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29 spabettie February 28, 2012 at 11:07 am

yay – SO glad you like it too! I love that your husband emailed about it – hearing that kind of thing makes my day!

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30 Cara February 28, 2012 at 6:22 pm

I made this tonight and we all loved it so! thank you!

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31 Jana March 18, 2012 at 8:07 am

thank you for this recipe! I have wanted a friendly jambalaya and this one looks terrifically spicy, perfect! thanks

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32 Kate December 12, 2012 at 11:48 am

I got so excited when I stumbled across this page, but it looks like the link to the recipe doesn’t work anymore. Could you re-post it somewhere? I’d love to try it!

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33 Kristina Sloggett December 12, 2012 at 2:39 pm

hi Kate! looks like the link changed on their end, but I have located it and updated (thanks for letting me know!). you can get to the post here –> spabettie jambalaya.

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