Turkey Jambalaya

  • beachgirl4033 Posted: 02/04/09
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    Delicious!! A wonderfully spicy dish that goes well with sweet corn on the cob and fresh bread. I added an extra 2 cups of chicken broth and used fresh garlic---3 cloves minced. I also used Hillshire Farm chipotle smoked sausage and it was fabulous! Will definitely make again!

  • GretaAnne Posted: 12/07/09
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    This was the best way I have found to use leftover turkey. This was very tasty and not too spicy even after doubling the amount of sausage. I will be making again and would be great for company or taking to a potluck dinner.

  • LeslieLou Posted: 01/18/11
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    I make this recipe often. So much better than, and almost as easy as, those box mixes! I usually don't have the turkey so simply double the amount of sausage.

  • Terriann Posted: 11/29/09
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    Really yummy...and really spicy! I cut the red pepper down to 1/2 of the recipe and it was still too spicy.

  • CherylR1954 Posted: 11/30/09
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    Fantastic recipe. I had plenty of turkey left over, and this was wonderful. I substituted brown rice and just made sure to extend the cooking time on that segment of the recipe, watch the liquid (I added a tad of chicken broth), be sure the Dutch oven was covered, and it came out wonderfully. I couldn't find andouille sausage in the market, but bought a chicken sausage w/habnero. Loved it.

  • 4grandkids Posted: 01/18/11
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    So good and filling. I quite often use ground turkey if I don't have shredded turkey available. This is better than you might think!

  • Andrea618 Posted: 12/31/08
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    Yummy....I used ground chipotle for the ground red pepper. I followed recipe exactly and did not find it dry like others did. I also used fresh garlic for more flavor. This is the perfect recipe for leftover turkey.

  • avivaleah Posted: 07/08/09
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    Delicious! I used white rice though I normally would use brown rice since I wanted to see how the recipe worked before I made this adjustment. I used chicken instead of turkey and chicken andouille sausage. I used fresh garlic instead of bottled. I used fresh tomatoes instead of canned and increased the amount of no fat low sodium chicken broth to 2 1/2 cups to compensate for the lack of liquid from the tomatoes. The results were amazing! I will definitely make this recipe again.

  • EllenDeller Posted: 11/17/10
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    This is delicious, easy, and a real treat. Used leftover meat from a pk. of turkey necks that I cooked for stock (strongly recommend the dark meat for this dish) and substituted Rotel tomatoes & chiles for plain diced tomato. Also used smoked paprika and doubled the seasonings (except added no salt). Served with tender steamed turnips and greens, with cornbread. Note for those who thought liquid is insufficient: Jamabalaya is a thick mixture you serve on a plate, not a soup.

  • EllenFL Posted: 06/18/09
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    Used chicken and turkey kielbasa since that's what I had. Used half smoky paprika since I recently discovered it and really like the flavor. Tomatoes had garlic, oregano and basil in the mix. Used slow-cooking, long grain brown rice so cooked it separately in the broth for 25 minutes then added it to the rest for the remaining 15 minutes. Husband really like this dish. Will make again.

  • azugarcia Posted: 11/29/10
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    I think my husband bought an extra huge turkey for Thanksgiving this year just so we would have enough leftovers to make this. It's really good! I added two things: a seeded jalapeno in with the peppers (we like spicy) and a can of drained and rinsed red beans at the end with the turkey and sausage. Probably not authentic, but so good... we'll make it every year, for sure.

  • vickimucha Posted: 03/04/09
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    This is a wonderfully tasty meal. Nice and spicy and makes a lot. Great for a cold night. I used shredded chicken instead of turkey and used half smoked paprika and half regular. It added a bit of smoky flavor. I also used brown rice. A nice salad and some cornbread was all we needed. Will definitely make this again.

  • Lucinda17 Posted: 02/22/10
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    This dish is awesome! I will make this dish again. I used red and orange bell peppers and a little more chicken broth. I will decrease the amount of ground red pepper next time, because it is too spicy for me.

  • GatewayCook Posted: 07/25/09
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    Yummy! Alot of work, but very very good. DH and I both loved it!

  • franMc Posted: 01/20/11
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    Very flavorful and filling. My whole family enjoyed it - including my two young boys! I used a combination of smoked and regular paprika, substituted a poblano pepper for standard green one, and added shrimp for extra protein and flavor. Came together very quickly and was perfect for a weeknight (or special occasion meal)!

  • Sarah417k Posted: 03/26/09
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    Fantastic. Just spicy enough, and there is really a depth to the flavor despite the short cook time. I've made it three times, once with andouille, once with chorizo, and once with kielbasa and I have to say I thought the chorizo was best. Great as leftovers too.

  • 8stringfan Posted: 08/01/10
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    This is a good way to use up leftover turkey, but in contrast to so many of the other reviews, I really don't see it as anything particularly special. I've both eaten and made better jambalayas. That being said, if you already have a bunch of cooked turkey lying around, this is a very quick and easy way to make a tasty, hearty, and affordable meal. Certainly not a stunnning recipe, but one I will likely come back to in the days following Thanksgiving.

  • AshleyL Posted: 01/21/11
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    This recipe was AMAZING! The only thing I did different is I used shredded chicken instead of turkey because that's what I had available. Also, I used SMOKED paprika and I have to say it took this recipe to a whole new level. Next time, I will definitely add celery to the recipe.

  • mmmanders Posted: 02/22/10
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    We have made this recipe many, many times. Sometimes I quadruple the batch and freeze what we don't eat. It may be our favorite CL recipe ever. We use shredded chicken instead of turkey and sometimes add shrimp. Second only to Coop's in New Orleans.

  • mintie Posted: 11/28/09
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    Great flavor! We had so much left over turkey from Thanksgiving, and this was the perfect way to fix that! I used brown rice instead of white rice and cooked it in our rice cooker first with chicken broth. I also added some jalapeno pepper for more flavor. When I added the cooked rice, i used just a little more chicken broth and let simmer for 10-15 minutes. Our guests loved it!

  • mkp1066 Posted: 02/16/11
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    Really disappointed in this effort. Spicy as promised, but not a lot of taste otherwise. Would never make again, even with tweaking.Followed instructions to the letter, but the rice was still too al dente.

  • justcooking17 Posted: 02/12/11
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    Quick and easy. Everyone loved it. Did not change recipe at all. Quite filling. Not bad if you are watching fat and calories. Served with fresh grapes.

  • 9167111 Posted: 03/30/11
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    This is fantastic and we love it a lot! I have substitute thyme for oregano and that's it. The taste and the combination of ingrediants are great. Big portion and big thanks to CL for another great recipe! Will make it again for sure!

  • cslls7 Posted: 01/04/11
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    Super easy! I skipped the turkey altogether, substituted a cup of canned corn for the red bell pepper, and used chicken sausage. Fast weeknight supper!

  • erin0707 Posted: 01/22/11
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    This is fantastic! I'm surprised the spice factor hasn't been mentioned, because this dish is hot. We love it (I'm from New Orleans), but for those who don't I'd cut down on the red pepper. I add a tablespoon of butter to add a little fat for flavor, but without it it's still delicious. I use fresh garlic and I add celery for flavor and texture. I also sub chicken for turkey. A quick fix is to get the roasted chicken or pre-grilled/pre-cooked chicken breasts from the grocery store. Note, using brown rice more than doubles the cooking time.

  • dolson30 Posted: 03/05/11
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    This dish was awesome!

  • katlynleahy Posted: 01/25/11
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    So good! I made this for my boyfriend and a couple of friends who love spicy foods! They all loved it and we hardly had any leftovers. Instead of the turkey or regular sausage I used jalapeno chicken sausage, I think next time I will try it with the turkey too!

  • JohanFJVR01 Posted: 10/22/10
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    Hi there, I tried this recipe today for the first time, and it is good. I used 380g chicken fillets in place of turkey as turkey is not the South African thing. I also used red cayenne pepper 1/2 tsp. not a good idea I would use less next time. For the South Africans I had some white wine from Robertson Winery. 2010 Beaukett. This was quite soothing after the cayenne pepper. I will do this again, my wife and I enjoyed it very much.

  • dmadmb6 Posted: 01/26/11
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    This recipe is excellent, will make it again and again!

  • RockItMom1 Posted: 01/19/11
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    I loved this recipe, very spicy. I made it for the family, the kids couldn't eat it. I even added 2 extra cups of broth and orzo pasta. I would cut the red pepper to 1/2 teaspoon and much less olive oil. But good for those who like it spicy.

  • steponme Posted: 04/15/11
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    Spicy, delicious, quick & easy. My family loves this recipe. I used jalapeno/cheese venison sausage b/c it's what I had on hand (any spicy sausage would work in this). The only other change was I added the sausauge just after sauteed onion & garlic. Served with green salad and french bread.

  • Skaranas Posted: 07/29/11
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    I prepared this recipe last night and it was great. I did a few changes to the recipe but not much. I used a whole onion, 5 cloves of grated garlic, diced tomatoes with chilies, and some white wine. It was very flavorful and just the right amount of "heat."

  • mrscrazyed Posted: 11/30/11
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    Cut back a bit on the cayenne as DH and I aren't big into overly-spicy food. Otherwise, followed the recipe. We found the flavor good, but nothing to write home about. And the rice seemed to take forever to cook. Doubt we'll be having this again.

  • StefanieLH Posted: 04/08/13
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    I thought this was a good recipe for its simplicity. It is not the best jambala recipe, but it is very easy to make and easy enough to embellish.

  • cmcfarlen Posted: 07/03/12
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    I thought this recipe was pretty tasty but my husband wasn't as impressed. I do want to note that to make it healthier I used turkey sausage as a substitute for the other meats which I am sure impacted the flavor some. My husband likes (and I would have to agree to some point) the darker mixes as this one was definitely more tomato based.

  • Daytona1900 Posted: 08/20/13
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    I have this dish several times....always a crowd pleaser

  • dorktowel Posted: 02/04/14
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    So easy to make with left over turkey from a random Sunday dinner. I added some white beans and corn to the recipe. In lieu of the red pepper, I added 6 small multi colored sweet peppers. It added a really neat sweet flavor to the savoriness of this dish.

  • jmckelley Posted: 12/03/13
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    Good use of that extra turkey. I enjoy this, and it will make great lunches for the rest of the week. My teenage boys weren't that into it...a little hot for them even with using only half the cayenne pepper that was called for.

  • Kddupuy Posted: 03/14/14
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    Super yummy!!! Next time I will use shrimp and add some okra.

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