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

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New Orleans's historic gastronomic influences are celebrated across the city, with Cajun, Creole, French, and African flavors showing up in classic dishes such as gumbo and jambalaya. Paul Oswell, Condé Nast Traveler, "21 Best Restaurants in New Orleans," 28 Feb. 2018 Fresh grapes and assorted fruit, an outstanding assortment of cheeses, jambalaya, pastries and petit fours and bread pudding with assorted sauces including caramel whiskey cream, bananas Foster, dark chocolate rum and white chocolate. Ann Benoit, NOLA.com, "Taste of Covington takes guests on world tour of food and spirits," 6 May 2018 Now, pass the powdered sugar and the jambalaya, please. Paul Oswell, Condé Nast Traveler, "Best Beignets in New Orleans," 4 Mar. 2018 For example, the long list of spices and herbs in the great one-pot dishes of New Orleans like gumbo and jambalaya reflect the layering of that port city’s Western European and Afro Caribbean influences. Francine Maroukian, Popular Mechanics, "How Herbs and Spices Can Make You Cook Like a Pro," 13 Nov. 2018 Loteria Grill Before there were food halls, there was the Third and Fairfax Farmers Market, a maze of bagel stalls, meat counters, jambalaya stands, bakeries, cheese shops—and this pioneer in the elevated L.A. taco game. Hugh Garvey, Condé Nast Traveler, "14 Best Mexican Restaurants in Los Angeles," 27 Feb. 2018 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

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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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English Language Learners Definition of jambalaya

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

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