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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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Examples of jambalaya in a Sentence

its jambalaya of widely diverse nationalities and races gives the urban neighborhood a rich vitality
Recent Examples on the Web Dishes include garden quiche ($12), French toast on orange-almond-white chocolate brioche ($13), salmon toast ($15), green chili boar stew ($14) and seafood jambalaya ($24). Georgann Yara, azcentral, "20 metro Phoenix restaurants offering Easter dinner and brunch for take out," 8 Apr. 2020 And for the main course, turn up the heat with the cajun jambalaya pasta made with shrimp and chicken sautéed with onions, tomatoes, and peppers on top of linguini. Jennifer Aldrich, Better Homes & Gardens, "Miss Going Out to Eat? You Can Make These Cheesecake Factory Recipes at Home," 8 Apr. 2020 Some dishes are being developed specifically for the Houston market, including open-fire jambalaya, smoked gumbo, smoked banana cream pie, and Cajun and coastal seafood dishes. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Chef Tim Love’s Levy Park restaurants to open in March," 25 Feb. 2020 From gumbo and jambalaya to crawfish by the pound, Frisco has a variety of food events and specials to celebrate Mardi Gras season, which ends Feb. 25. Brandi Addison, Dallas News, "Guide to Mardi Gras in Frisco: The best places for crawfish, king cake and Cajun favorites," 11 Feb. 2020 Seafood and Cajun food Mud Bugs Bar and Grill offers everything from the traditional jambalaya and gumbos to crawfish po’boys and catfish atchafalaya to bourbon bread pudding and New Orleans beignets. Brandi Addison, Dallas News, "Guide to Mardi Gras in Frisco: The best places for crawfish, king cake and Cajun favorites," 11 Feb. 2020 Or immerse yourself in gumbo, beignets, and jambalaya with a $99 one-way flight from LaGuardia to New Orleans. Jessica Puckett, Condé Nast Traveler, "Southwest Airlines’s Sale Has Flights as Low as $49 One-Way," 1 Oct. 2019 The boudin balls, jambalaya on this night in April, nail the traditional notes but adapt to local products — andouille is replaced by smoked kielbasa from Golemo’s Polish Market. Kevin Koczwara, BostonGlobe.com, "His food truck brings New Orleans flair to Worcester," 19 Aug. 2019 The menu for the Vegan Hood Chefs is a blend of soul food and Caribbean flavors like jerk chicken made with jackfruit, and chicken curry and vegan jambalaya. Justin Phillips, SFChronicle.com, "Vegan Hood Chefs, Yo Soy Ceviche: Bayview Bistro welcomes new vendors," 27 Nov. 2019

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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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The first known use of jambalaya was in 1872

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“Jambalaya.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jambalaya. Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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

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