This cajun dirty rice recipe is not only a favorite family side dish at Thanksgiving, it’s perfect year round!
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I am originally from New Orleans, and I love anything cajun and creole. One dish that I remember at every single family get-together at either Thanksgiving or Christmas is dirty rice. I can’t remember a family holiday meal without it, and even now that I haven’t lived in New Orleans for quite some time, dirty rice is still a part of my holiday meals. If you’ve never heard of dirty rice, it traditionally is rice mixed with chicken livers, sausage, and cajun seasonings. My family, however, does not use chicken livers and replaces it with ground beef. The rice has a little heat, so if you like things a tad on the spicy side, this is the side dish for you. It is the perfect compliment to your cajun fried turkey!
This is not too complicated of a recipe, and one of the best things about it is that you can make it a day ahead of time. It reheats perfectly in the microwave which frees up precious stove space on the big day. It’s also a great dish to take along with you if you are not the one hosting your holiday meal.
- 3/4 lb. Jimmy Dean regular pork sausage
- 3/4 lb. extra lean ground beef (93% or higher)
- 1 cup finely diced yellow onion
- 3/4 cup finely diced bell pepper (I like to use half red and half green)
- 1/4 cup finely diced celery
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon cajun seasoning (I use Tony Cachere's)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 2 cups chicken stock
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 2 bay leaves
- 5 cups of cooked parboiled rice
- 1/3 cup diced green onion
- Cook the ground beef and pork sausage in a large skillet on medium-high about 5 minutes until it is mostly browned.
- Add the onion, bell pepper, and celery and continue to cook until the vegetables are soft and the meat is completely browned, about 5 minutes.
- Add the garlic, cajun seasoning, black pepper, and salt and saute for another 2 minutes.
- Pour in the chicken stock, Worcestershire sauce, and bay leaves and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and continue to cook for about 5 minutes
- Stir in the rice. Cook for another 5 minutes.
- Remove from the stove and take out the bay leaves. Allow to sit for 5 minutes before serving. There will be a small amount of liquid remaining, but it should be absorbed fairly quickly.
- Top with diced green onion before serving.
- The salt can vary depending on your chicken stock. It's always a good idea to start with half of the recommended salt and then add more if needed.
- I use an extra lean ground beef (93% or higher) so that I don't have to drain the fat and a lot of the flavor. If you use a fattier ground beef, you will definitely want to drain the fat after you brown it.
Do you have any traditional foods that you eat at the holidays? Have you tried dirty rice before?
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