Shrimp Jambalaya

                     *  Exported from  MasterCook  *

                             SHRIMP JAMBALAYA

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Serving Size  : 6    Preparation Time :0:00
Categories    : Seafood                          Cajun

  Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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      1 c  Coarse chopped yellow onion
      2 md Garlic cloves
           - peeled and minced
      1 c  Chopped sweet green pepper
    3/4 c  Finely diced celery
      4 tb Bacon drippings
      3 tb Minced parsley
      6 oz Smoked ham
           - cut in 3/8-in cubes
      1 lg Bay leaf; crumbled
    1/2 ts Crumbled leaf thyme
    1/4 ts Cayenne pepper
  1 1/2 ts Salt (or to taste)
      1 cn Tomatoes (1 lb, 14-oz)
      1 cn Tomato sauce (8 oz)
  1 3/4 c  Cold water
  1 3/4 c  Uncooked converted rice
  1 1/2 lb Medium shrimp, raw,
           - shelled, deveined
  SET A LARGE KETTLE (not made of iron) over moderate heat. Saute the onion,
  garlic, green pepper and celery in the bacon drippings for 8 to 10 minutes
  until they are limp and golden. Add the parsley, ham cubes, bay leaf, thyme
  and cayenne pepper. Saute, stirring often, for 5 to 6 minutes. Add the
  salt, tomatoes and their juice, tomato sauce and water. Simmer the kettle,
  uncovered, for 5 minutes, breaking up any large clumps of tomatoes. Adjust
  the burner heat so that the mixture simmers gently. Stir in the rice, cover
  the kettle, and boil the rice for 40 minutes. Add the shrimp, tossing the
  mixture lightly to distribute them evenly. Cover the kettle and simmer for
  15 to 20 minutes longer, until the shrimp are cooked through, the rice is
  done, and almost all of the liquid has been absorbed. Taste the jambalaya
  and add the cayenne pepper and salt, if needed.

  Makes 6 to 8 Servings