This is my idea of a win-win recipe.  I had some shrimp languishing in the fridge, some fire-roasted tomatoes I needed to use, and I always, always have all the rest of the ingredients for this recipe on hand – they are that basic in our kitchen. To top it off, it was easy, quick enough for a week day, gives you time to get your “go-withs” on the table, and tastes great.
The book recommends using whatever size shrimp is cost-effective, and I heartily recommend using really good, no-water added ham; you just need less for good, full flavor.  We enjoyed it with good Southern cornbread and crisp coleslaw on the side.

     ¾       Cup  Onion -- chopped
     ½       Cup  Celery -- chopped
     ¼       Cup  Green Pepper -- chopped
  2           Cloves  Garlic -- minced
  2           tablespoons  Butter
  2           Cups  Ham -- cubed
  28         ounces  Diced Tomato -- undrained
  10 ½     fluid ounces  Beef Broth
  1           cup  Long-grain Rice -- uncooked
  1           cup  Water
  1           teaspoon  Sugar
  1           teaspoon  Thyme
     ½       teaspoon  Chili Powder
     ¼       teaspoon  Pepper
  24        ounces  Shrimp -- peeled and deveined
  1          tablespoon  Parsley -- chopped

In a Dutch oven, sauté onion, celery, green pepper and garlic in butter until tender.  Add next nine ingredients; bring to a boil.  Reduce heat; cover and simmer until rice is tender, about 25 minutes.
Add shrimp and parsley; simmer, uncovered, until shrimp is cooked, 7-10 minutes for uncooked shrimp.
8 Servings
Garnish with a sprig of thyme.
  "Taste of Home Complete Guide to Country Cooking"
Per Serving: 305 Calories; 8g Fat (25.3% calories from fat); 28g Protein; 28g Carbohydrate; 2g Dietary Fiber; 156mg Cholesterol; 830mg Sodium.  Exchanges: 1 Grain(Starch); 4 Lean Meat; 1 1/2 Vegetable; 1 Fat; 0 Other Carbohydrates.


  1. Hi, I have been lurking for a while, but I have come out of the woodwork ; )
    This looks so very delicious. I will have to try this. I was looking for a jambalaya recipe and this looks so yummy.
    Have a great day and thank you for the recipe.

  2. Seeing this reminded me that I need to make Shrimp Creole one of these days!


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