*the recipe below explains how to make it in a 9X13 pan to freeze "casserole style"
*if you opt for a "crock pot" version, I would store the rice (uncooked in a separate baggie) pour all the ingredients in one gallon size zip loc bag, to freeze flat. On cooking day, thaw overnight in the fridge and dump in a crock pot and cook on low for 8 hours. Prepare rice and serve jambalaya over rice! Whatever is easiest for you! We usually add some diced chicken to our freezer bag (uncooked) as well as some frozen (thawed) shrimp to the crock the last 30min of cooking time so as not to overcook.
In a 9X13 foil pan, coated with cooking spray, layer the following in this order
1 ½ c. white rice (if making for crock pot, keep separate)
2 c. diced kielbasa sausage
1 ½ c. fresh diced celery
2 Tbsp dried onion flakes
½ c. diced green pepper
½ c. fresh, diced green onion
In a gallon size baggie (if you are making casserole style)combine:
1 tbsp. thyme
2 tbsp. parsley
3 bay leaves
2 tsp. kosher salt
1 tsp. black pepper
2 Tbsp. tomato paste
2 Tbsp. worchestchire sauce
1 Tbsp. chicken soup base
3 Tbsp. chopped garlic
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 Tbsp. hot sauce (Frank’s)
1 ½ c. diced tomatoes with juice
1 c. water
For casserole style: Layer plastic wrap over foil pan. Place baggie atop plastic wrap and cover with foil (all is contained in the foil pan). Prepare to freeze.
(from frozen casserole): Thaw in fridge overnight. Pour sauce (2nd gallon size zip loc baggie) over ingredients in pan, stir. Bake covered at 400 degrees for 1 1/4- 1 1/2 hours, until liquid is absorbed. Remove from oven and let rest 10 min before serving.
(in crock pot) Pour contents of baggie (minus rice) in crock pot and cook on low for 8 hours. Remove a little of the flavored liquid from crock pot and add to measuring cup of water to make enough "liquid" to prepare rice. Removing some of the liquid and cooking the rice in it makes jambalaya less soup-y and add more flavor to the rice!
Here is my crock pot version that will be served over rice. I made a few extra additions my family loves (olives, etc). I will be stirring the shrimp in right before we serve until it is pink.
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