Jambalaya Capital of the World! - Tour Ascension

Jambalaya Capital of the World!

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Rich in history and tradition, diverse in its ethnic background, Gonzales holds the distinction of the title of “Jambalaya Capital of the World”. To celebrate this tradition, the Jambalaya Festival Association holds one of the largest state festivals every year in May. The Jambalaya Festival has been taking place in Gonzales for over 50 years.


What is Jambalaya?

Similar in many ways to Spanish paella, the term “jambalaya” is derived from the Spanish jamon for ham. It’s pronounced “jahm-buh-LIE-uh” or “jum-buh-LIE-uh”. Jambalaya found its way into Creole cookery in the late 1700’s where it soon took on the flavor of added local ingredients.There are other stories of the jambalaya “myth,” but the favorite comes from the Webster’s dictionary which defines the word as French Louisiana for a mixture of diverse elements.

What is Jambalaya? Today it is a Cajun/Creole dish made from a mixture of meats, rice and seasonings blended to produce a delicious dish. It can be made (separately or all together) with ham, chicken, sausage, fresh pork, shrimp and oysters, to which is added shortening, rice, onion, garlic, pepper and other seasonings.

Would you like to learn how to cook and authentic cajun Jambalaya? Click below to download the recipe and you’ll be on your way to becoming a true cajun cook!

Pork and Sausage Jambalaya

Jambalaya Festival Cook Off

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