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Dec 19, 2009 02:02 PM

Jambalaya (or any stew-type dish) prep for dinner party

Hey all -
I'm making a Jambalaya that I'm quite familiar with making for a dinner party with friends tomorrow. However, I need some help making some timing decisions. The recipe includes shrimp, chicken, ham and sausage, and cooks for about 1.5 hours. We are going to a theater event at 3pm-5pm and I would like to do the cooking before so I can just reheat and focus on dessert & salad in the evening.

If I cook it beforehand, let it rest, and then reheat, do I risk the shrimp drying out?
And, would it make more sense to cook & then put in the fridge, or just let stand?

Thanks for the help folks!


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  1. I love jambalaya. You can prepare it all the way, and then keep it warm in a crock pot on low/ I've done that before and it stays just fine. Enjoy your dinner party:)

    1. If you cook shrimp for 1 1/2 hours you've already ruined them...
      After you get home, saute them briefly in a little butter, and seasonings just prior to dinner, then incorporate them into your Jambalaya and serve...


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      1. re: Uncle Bob

        Yeah, good point about the certainly don't want to cook them too long...I assumed by the 1 1/2 hour prep time, Sarah N meant from start to finish, and if that's the case, was assuming she added the shrimp at the end. If i assumed correctly, shrimp should still be ok held in crock pot on lowfor the couple of hours they are at the theater event. I made the shrimp bisque with cognac that was a recent Chow recipe of the day in a similar fashion today and it was fine....shrimp not at all overcooked,held in crockpot on low for several hours, with no ill effects that I could discern:)