• 1 pound raw shrimp in the shell
  • 4 cups unsalted poultry stock, or half water and half canned chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 cup finely diced onion
  • 1 cup finely diced celery
  • 1 cup finely diced red or green bell pepper
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 can (16 ounces) crushed tomatoes, with juice
  • 4 ounces smoked ham, diced
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon dried sage
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon kosher salt (reduce if using canned broth)
  • 2 cups long-grain brown rice or a fragrant brown rice blend
  1. Peel the shrimp and devein if necessary; reserve the shells.
  2. Combine the shells and stock, simmer 30 minutes, and strain.
  3. Add water as needed to restore the volume to 4 cups.
  4. Heat the oil in a heavy flameproof casserole, add the diced vegetables and garlic, and cook, stirring frequently, until the onions are soft but not browned.
  5. Add the tomatoes, ham, and seasonings and cook 10 minutes.
  6. Add the stock, taste for seasoning, and adjust if necessary (it should be quite spicy, as the rice will absorb a lot of the flavor).
  7. Add the rice and shrimp, bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer uncovered until the liquid is absorbed and the rice is done, 50 to 60 minutes.
  8. Allow to cool before using as a stuffing.


Makes 6 cups (enough to stuff a 12- to 15-pound turkey).

Time Estimates

Prep time: 20 min  

Cook time: 1 hr 40 min  

Total time: 2 hr  

Which beer should I drink with this?

Your favorite lager or amber ale.


Thanksgiving Dinner 

Your turn to host Thanksgiving? There's no need to hide the beer and serve only wine. Here is a menu that should satisfy the traditionalists but provide plenty of opportunity to show off your favorite seasonal beers. There's also enough meatless stuff here to take care of the vegetarians in the crowd. (Note that this is not a complete menu; let those folks who ask what they can contribute bring the salad, bread, and pie. Assign someone to bring wine or other beverages for the non-beer drinkers.)

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From The Microbrew Lover’s Cookbook, Copyright © 2002 by Jay Harlow. Used by arrangement with Jay Harlow.


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Mixed Rice Jambalaya
If you use a blend that contains black japonica rice, don’t be surprised when the whole dish, including the shrimp, turns purple!