Preparation / Directions:
Total time, including chopping, approximately 2 hours. Serves 4 as a main course, or 8 one cup appetizers. mix seasoning into a small dish and set aside.
Heat large cast iron skillet (Dutch oven) over medium high heat. Add margarine or oil. Add the ham and sausage; cook for 5 minutes, stirring often. Add the onions, celery, bell peppers, seasoning mix and garlic.
Stir well, lower heat to medium and continue cooking until browned -- about 10 to 12 minutes, stirring often and scraping pan bottom well. Stir in the rice and cook 5 minutes, scraping pan bottom occasionally. Add the stock, stirring well.
Bring to a boil; reduce heat to a low simmer. Simmer covered about 35-45 minutes until rice is tender and until all the liquid is absorbed. Stir occasionally toward the end of cooking time.