- Gimpeaux Apr 10, 2001 12:02 AM
Inspired by the Great Gumbo Debate on this board, I have to ask for thoughts, opinions, idiosyncratic views, and recommendations for your favorite Jambalaya in N.O. Going down this year for Jazz Fest #5 over 10 years, and getting hungrier by the moment.
I have yet to taste a jambalaya in a restaurant in New Orleans or elsewhere that I thought was very good. I would suggest that you eat your jambalaya at Jazz Fest. Then buy some andouille sausage and tasso ham while you're here, use a recipe from Paul Prudhomme's first cookbook and make your own.
Every spring, Gonzales, LA (the Jambalaya capital of the world) has a jambalaya festival and cook-off. I haven't been in years but it used to include both restaurant and amateur chef competitors, and included some great stuff (along with some doozies). If you're a real jambalaya fan (and you're there during the festival) it's worth the trip.
I have to agree with the above poster. Make your own. It may take you a few times to get it just the way you like it, but given time you should find that yours will be the best. I know mine is. Use recipes as just a basic outline on how to cook and don't be afraid to experiment. You really can't go to wrong with rice, onion, garlic, celery, bellpeppers etc.It will probably taste good if it is not exactly what you wanted. Jambalaya Festival in Gonzales is a great time and you can get ideas on how other folks do theirs. Oh yeah and one other thing... You must have a cast iron pot (seasoned of course).