SPAM™ Shrimp Jambalaya
Micheline Barazin, Preliminary 3rd Place Winner
The Great SPAM™ Cook-Off Island Style 2000

2 Tbs vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups chopped onion
3/4 cup chopped bell peppers
3/4 cup chopped celery
1 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined
3 bay leaves
1 can (12 oz) SPAM® Hot & Spicy, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 can (14 1/2 oz) whole tomatoes, chopped with juice
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp dried thyme
1 cup long grain white rice
1/2 cup chopped green onion

Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onions, bell peppers and celery; saute for 8 minutes or until golden and soft. Add the shrimp and bay leaves, saute until the shrimp turns pink, about 2 minutes. Add SPAM® and saute for an additional 3 minutes. Add the tomatoes with their juice, garlic, salt, black pepper and thyme. Cook for about 10 minutes, stirring often. Add the rice and stir to mix. Cover and simmer over medium heat for about 30 minutes or until the rice is tender and the liquid has been absorbed. Remove mixture from heat and let stand for 5 minutes. Remove the bay leaves. Serve on a large platter and sprinkle with green onions. (Tip: If you use regular SPAM® Luncheon Meat, simply season with 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper or a few splashes of hot pepper sauce when adding the tomatoes.)