Karl's Amazing Jambalaya
This is an original recipe.
1 1/2 cups rice (I use brown)
1 1/2 cups of TVP chunks (not granules!)
1 large onion, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
2 large stalks of celery, chopped
a bunch of vegetable broth (see below)
2 cheap* beers
salt (to taste)
Frank's Red Hot (to taste)
2 tablespoons vegetable oil (optional)
Add the rice and beers to a pot, and bring to a boil. Turn to low, cover, and cook for the appropriate amount of time (15 minutes for white rice, 45 for brown).
While the rice is cooking, add 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth to a sauce pan, bring it to a boil, then stir in the TVP chunks. Turn the heat to low and cover for 5 minutes. Remove cover, turn heat to medium, add the vegetables, the optional oil, and the desired amount of Franks Red Hot and salt to the saucepan. Add vegetable broth until everything is barely covered, and simmer the mixture while the rice finishes cooking, or until most of the liquid gets cooked-off.
When the rice is done, mix in the TVP vegetable mixture, and serve with your favorite hot sauce.
* - Cheap American beers work well here. Stuff I wouldn't personally drink, but you definitely want to beer to be low on the hops or else the flavor will overwhelm the jambalaya. Save your good beer for drinking with the meal.
1) Red wine vinegar can be substituted for Frank's Red Hot if you want the dish to be milder.
2) Diced fresh jalapenos can be substituted for the green bell pepper if you want the meal to be spicier. We like spicy food, but like to add hot sauces to it, so don't want it to be too spicy off the bat. Probably 2 jalapenos for the whole batch is plenty, especially if you use the seeds.