Thursday, January 24, 2013

What Makes Dirty Rice Dirty?

Have you ever wondered why dirty rice is called "Dirty"? It is because traditional, dirty rice will have chicken gizzards, liver and sometimes giblets in it as well. To some this is considered the dirty part of the bird. The liver and gizzards are mixed with ground pork and that is what gives the meat the dirty appearance.

You may have heard this delicacy referred to as Rice Dressing, or Cajun Rice, but here in the south we simple call it Dirty Rice.

3 cups cooked quality long grain par-boiled rice (I like Uncle Ben's)
1 Savoie's Dressing Mix(this is our secret ingredient)
1 roll of spicy breakfast sausage and 1/2 roll of sage breakfast sausage
1 cup chicken broth
About 1/2 cup each chopped onion, celery, green bell pepper, green onion
3 chopped garlic cloves
1 chopped jalapeno
1/2 cup fresh chopped parsley
season with Cajun seasoning and cayenne if you like it spicy

In a large skillet coated with oil, cook the chopped celery, onions and peppers until they get soft, once they are soft, add the garlic and parsley and let it cook for about 2 more minutes before adding in the meat. Season lightly at this point because you'll add more season at the end to taste. Once the meat is completely cooked, incorporate the Savoie's Dressing Mix. Let this cook for another 10 minutes before adding in 1/2 cup of chicken broth and the rice. Once everything is well mixed you can add more broth and seasonings as needed.

Hungraciously Yours,
MiMi J

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