jam·​ba·​laya | \ˌjəm-bə-ˈlī-ə \

Definition of jambalaya 

1 : rice cooked usually with ham, sausage, chicken, shrimp, or oysters and seasoned with herbs

2 : a mixture of diverse elements curious jambalayas of competing elements— Neil Hickey

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its jambalaya of widely diverse nationalities and races gives the urban neighborhood a rich vitality

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Many present-day writers declare authoritatively that jambalaya was an adaptation of the Spanish paella. James Karst, NOLA.com, "A jambalaya recipe from 1844: Take one bear and clean it well ...," 6 May 2018 If Pinkerton only sold that jambalaya and charged twice as much, his place would still draw lines. Andy Staples, SI.com, "The Chaos and Consequences of the BCS, 20 Years After Its Inaugural Season," 9 July 2018 There’s always more brisket and borderline erotic duck jambalaya. Andy Staples, SI.com, "The Chaos and Consequences of the BCS, 20 Years After Its Inaugural Season," 9 July 2018 Other slow-cooker options include jambalaya, white chicken chili and chicken cacciatore. 7. USA TODAY, "7 new products that show how the food industry is making meals faster," 4 July 2018 Blue Runner makes a full line of Creole Cream Style beans and soups, Creole bases such as gumbos, jambalaya and etouffee, and most recently, dry beans. Molly Kimball, NOLA.com, "2018 Eat Local Challenge: No need to go hardcore to dig in," 22 May 2018 The delightfully spicy chicken, jambalaya and collard greens can't be beat. Houston Chronicle, "Classic Houston restaurants set the table for city's dining scene," 10 May 2018 Oysters, jambalaya and hurricane cocktails are on the menu at Dawson’s on Main. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Where to party for Mardi Gras 2018," 6 Feb. 2018 Food was also a focus for this year’s celelbration, Koubek said, with many new vendors serving everything from Mardi Gras food like jambalaya to meat on a stick. Katie V. Jones, Howard County Times, "All of the fun of the Fourth on July 7," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of jambalaya

1872, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for jambalaya

Louisiana French, from Occitan jambalaia

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: a spicy dish of rice cooked usually with ham, sausage, chicken, shrimp, or oysters

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