- a dish of Creole origin, consisting of rice cooked with ham, sausage, chicken, or shellfish, herbs, spices, and vegetables, especially tomatoes, onions, and peppers.
Origin of jambalaya
1740–50; < Louisiana French < Provençal jambalaia, of uncertain origin
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Jambalaya can have sausage, chicken, shrimp, or duck, tomatoes or no tomatoes; gumbo can be thick or thin or dark or light.What to Eat: Mardi Gras
February 16, 2010
- a Creole dish made of shrimps, ham, rice, onions, etc
C19: from Louisiana French, from Provençal jambalaia chicken and rice stew
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Word Origin and History for jambalaya
1872, from Louisiana French, from Provençal jambalaia "stew of rice and fowl."
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