Pronounced: 'jahm-buh-LIE-uh' or 'jum-buh-LIE-uh'
This rice based dish was introduced to the local area of Louisiana in the 1700s. It is similar to Spanish Paella and the name Jambalaya is derived from the Spanish word 'jamon' for ham.
Jambalaya is a mixture of meat, rice and seasonings and can be a combination of ham, chicken, sausage, shrimp or oysters, seasoned with onions, garlic, pepper and other Cajun spices. Rice has been an important crop in the South for several hundred years. Louisiana began producing rice in late 1889 and is today one of the major rice producing states.