This is an EASY recipe. My son doesn't like cabbage but will eat this like crazy. You can make it low-fat by using ground turkey and low-fat sausage. They won't know the difference.

Susan
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine ground beef, smoked sausage, onion, celery, and garlic in a large stock pot over medium-high heat. Cook and stir until beef is evenly browned, about 5 minutes. Stir in cabbage, tomatoes, water, and rice. Season with garlic salt.

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  • Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low. Cover and cook, stirring once, until rice is tender, 35 to 40 minutes. Preheat the oven to

Cook's Note:

The jambalaya can also be prepared in the oven. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Follow recipe as directed, but for Step 2, place jambalaya in the oven and cook, stirring once, until rice is tender, 35 to 45 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

549.5 calories; 28.5 g protein; 44.5 g carbohydrates; 95.6 mg cholesterol; 1610.3 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
12/31/2003
Hey Susan, my girls thought this dish was delicious and they gave it four stars, however, my hubby absolutely flipped over it and said, Oh man, definitely five stars"! I did tweak it a bit to suit our tastes. Normally I would brown my meat first so I can drain the fat, but the recipe called for browning the meat along with the vegies, and no draining was mentioned. I did do that but then put everything in a colander to get rid of the fat. I added a green pepper, used red onion and in addition to the tomatos I used about half of a large can of tomato sauce. I also seasoned with garlic and onion powders, cayenne pepper and "Essence". Hubby is home alone every Wednesday night (poor guy. yeah, right) and was not only thrilled with his dinner but also with the "Crunch Drop" cookies I made this afternoon. (also on this site) I rarely see him eat desserts but he polished off quite a few! I'm always looking for different ways to use cabbage, as it's such a nutritious veggie and this was truly great. Thanks Susan! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
01/17/2004
This jambalaya started better but it does not make good leftovers. It tastes good but gets mushy. If you're going to eat it in one sitting then I would recommend but if there's only 2 people eating then either 1/2 the recipe or try something else and save this one for later. Read More
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426 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 263
  • 4 star values: 111
  • 3 star values: 37
  • 2 star values: 10
  • 1 star values: 5
Rating: 5 stars
12/31/2003
Hey Susan, my girls thought this dish was delicious and they gave it four stars, however, my hubby absolutely flipped over it and said, Oh man, definitely five stars"! I did tweak it a bit to suit our tastes. Normally I would brown my meat first so I can drain the fat, but the recipe called for browning the meat along with the vegies, and no draining was mentioned. I did do that but then put everything in a colander to get rid of the fat. I added a green pepper, used red onion and in addition to the tomatos I used about half of a large can of tomato sauce. I also seasoned with garlic and onion powders, cayenne pepper and "Essence". Hubby is home alone every Wednesday night (poor guy. yeah, right) and was not only thrilled with his dinner but also with the "Crunch Drop" cookies I made this afternoon. (also on this site) I rarely see him eat desserts but he polished off quite a few! I'm always looking for different ways to use cabbage, as it's such a nutritious veggie and this was truly great. Thanks Susan! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/31/2003
Hey Susan, my girls thought this dish was delicious and they gave it four stars, however, my hubby absolutely flipped over it and said, Oh man, definitely five stars"! I did tweak it a bit to suit our tastes. Normally I would brown my meat first so I can drain the fat, but the recipe called for browning the meat along with the vegies, and no draining was mentioned. I did do that but then put everything in a colander to get rid of the fat. I added a green pepper, used red onion and in addition to the tomatos I used about half of a large can of tomato sauce. I also seasoned with garlic and onion powders, cayenne pepper and "Essence". Hubby is home alone every Wednesday night (poor guy. yeah, right) and was not only thrilled with his dinner but also with the "Crunch Drop" cookies I made this afternoon. (also on this site) I rarely see him eat desserts but he polished off quite a few! I'm always looking for different ways to use cabbage, as it's such a nutritious veggie and this was truly great. Thanks Susan! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/13/2007
To anyone who has reservations about trying this recipe: If you like spicy, esp. jambalaya, or rice based recipes - this is truly a great way to combine the beloved with something as mundane as cabbage, voila! This is the umpteenth time I've made this...I was one of the first to review it in '04. Like other reviewers, I've modified this recipe to give it some umph! I use rotel, hot sm. sausage, Creole or Old Bay seasonings...I even throw in a can of black-eyed peas. Cornbread and Iced Tea to boot! Gotta Love it! Yeah, I'm a Texas Girl... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/28/2009
This recipe is delicious. Based on other reviews, I used beef stock (approx 4 cups) instead of water. I used 2 cans of seasoned diced tomatoes. I added Old Bay and cajun seasoning to spice it up. I also added a small can of diced chili peppers as well as a half pkg of dried onion soup mix. Since others said the rice may get mushy, I cooked my brown rice separately. I used 1 cup of rice to 1 1/2 cup of water (instead of the usual 2 c water to 1 c rice) so that the rice would cook completely once added in the end. Delicious!! Update - I had not made this since I reviewed it in Oct 2006, but I made it again using Andouille sausage instead of smoked sausage. Gave it lots of flavor and was truly delicious! Give it a try! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/31/2003
If you are familiar with Polish food, this tastes a lot like Golumpki (sp?)but this is much less work. Instead of garlic salt, I used Lawry's seasoning salt; for the sausage I had linguica on hand(Portugese sausage)and it was very good. Kielbasa would also be excellent. I scaled the recipe up so I would have leftovers. I recommend adding water (or perhaps spaghetti/tomato sauce diluted with water) when re-heating this. My family rated this a keeper. If you think your kids don't like cabbage, you'd be surprised how much they'll like this. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/27/2003
My Wife and I really like this dish. The cabbage adds a new twist to "jambalaya". I agree with everyone else on the liquid content. I omitted the water and used three cans of broth, plus a few extra cloves of garlic. Mmmm!! I will certainly make this dish again. Thanks for the great recipe!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/10/2011
This is a delicious great for a meal or side dish. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/24/2005
Yummy! Hot and spicy. I used andouille instead of smoked sausage. Also used brown rice instead of white and added extra beef broth and a can of Rotel with the diced tomatoes. Added homemade cajun seasoning too. Awesome! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/01/2004
I thought this recipe was great. My husband loved it and he is not necessarily crazy about cabbage. I did what the other reviewers suggested and used broth instead of water. I also added the red peppers and creole seasoning. You can also play around with the different kinds of sausage. The first time I mad this with the smoked sausage and then the second time I made it I used Kielbasa. It is also great if you add some hot sauce to it. I love mine spicey and serve this with sweet maple cornbread. They go great together!! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
01/17/2004
This jambalaya started better but it does not make good leftovers. It tastes good but gets mushy. If you're going to eat it in one sitting then I would recommend but if there's only 2 people eating then either 1/2 the recipe or try something else and save this one for later. Read More
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