Jambalaya might sound exotic—and it does have deliciously haunting flavors—but it’s basically a simple, one-pot meal that, after a little chop¬ping and cutting, comes together quickly and cleans up even more so.
Notes: Smoked paprika is available in the spice section of most major supermarkets and at specialty food stores. Besides using it in this recipe, you can use it in rubs and stirred into salsa, soups, stews, and sauces. Sea scallops are 1 1/2 to 2 inches in diameter, as opposed to bay scallops, which are about 1/2 inch. Look for ones that have a slightly beige or pinkish hue. If they’re stark white, it’s a sign that they’ve been soaked in water—which increases their weight (meaning you’re paying for water) and makes them less likely to get nicely browned.