Cajun Cabbage Jambalaya

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Cajun cuisine is known for its bold and spicy flavors, and one dish that exemplifies this is Cajun Cabbage Jambalaya. This hearty and filling dish combines the traditional flavors of jambalaya with the added texture and nutrition of cabbage. In this blog post, we’ll explore the origins of Cajun cuisine, the history of jambalaya, and how to make this delicious and unique dish.

Origins of Cajun Cuisine Cajun cuisine is a blend of French, African, and Native American influences that developed in the Southern United States, particularly in Louisiana. The word “Cajun” comes from “Acadian,” referring to the French colonists who settled in Canada and were expelled by the British in the 18th century. Many of these Acadians eventually settled in Louisiana, bringing their French culinary traditions with them.

Over time, Cajun cuisine incorporated other cultural influences, such as African and Native American cooking techniques and ingredients. One key feature of Cajun cuisine is the use of spicy seasonings and peppers, which reflects the influence of African cuisine. Another hallmark of Cajun cooking is the use of “holy trinity” ingredients: onions, celery, and bell peppers, which are the basis for many Cajun dishes.

History of Jambalaya Jambalaya is a rice-based dish that originated in Louisiana, and it’s a staple of Cajun cuisine. The dish is believed to have roots in Spanish paella, which was brought to Louisiana by Spanish settlers in the 18th century. Over time, jambalaya evolved to incorporate local ingredients such as rice, tomatoes, and spices.


1 pound spicy pork sausage
1 onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 cup chopped celery
1 head green cabbage, chopped
1 can (14 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
1 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup water
1 cup uncooked brown basmati rice
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/8 teaspoon black pepper


In a large saucepan, cook the pork sausage with the onion and garlic over medium heat until browned.
Add the green pepper and celery, and cook and stir for an additional 3 minutes.
Add the chopped cabbage, diced tomatoes (with juice), chicken broth, water, uncooked brown basmati rice, and all of the spices to the pot.
Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover the pot with a lid, and let it simmer for 40-50 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the rice is tender and the liquid has been absorbed.
Once the jambalaya is done cooking, remove the pot from heat and let it sit for 5-10 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
Serve the Cajun Cabbage Jambalaya hot, garnished with chopped fresh parsley or green onions if desired.

This dish is perfect for a cozy weeknight dinner or a hearty lunch. The combination of spicy pork sausage, tender cabbage, and flavorful spices is sure to satisfy your cravings for Cajun cuisine. Enjoy!

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