Thursday, January 12, 2017

Cajun Dirty Rice

I wanted to make something a bit different for the kids today so I decided to make them dirty rice.  True dirty rice is made with chicken livers and I thought that might be pushing it.  These kids will try anything but I don't want to turn them completely off to something. I made this dirty rice with chicken and different types of sausages.
 I started out by browning all of the sausage in a bit of olive oil. I used hot Italian and regular breakfast sausage.

 Remove the sausage and let it cool and then cut the big chuncks up into small pieces.

 Reserve the oil in the pot.  There is a lot of flavor in it.

 Dice celery, onions, collards and red and green peppers.  I still get up long before sunrise so I stand in the kitchen half asleep and just dice away roboticly.

 Saute the vegetables in the reserved oil until they become translucent.

 Sprinkle with some salt and pepper.

 Add the sausage and some cooked chicken.

 Add worcestershire sauce.  About 1 tablespoon if you are using 2 pounds of meat.

 Sprinkle in some creole or cajun seasoning.  Zatarains is a good choice. Season to taste but about 2 tablespoons should work.

 Add 2 cups of rice and 4-1/2 cups of chicken stock.  Bring it to a boil and then cover and simmer for 15 minutes.  Remove from heat, leave the lid on and let it sit for 8 minutes. 

 Fluff it up and serve it with some sliced green onions on top.  I can't wait to hear how the kids like this.  Most kids like re-fried rice and this is like a really tasty version of it.