Dirty rice is a hearty, meaty, and spicy Cajun classic that can be served as a side dish or a comforting main dish.
2 cups long-grain white rice
4 cups low sodium chicken stock
2 bay leaves
½ pound hot Italian sausage, casings removed
½ pound lean ground beef
1 tablespoon bacon grease (optional)
1 small sweet onion, minced finely
1 red or green bell pepper, very finely minced
1 stalk celery, very finely minced
½ cup finely minced fresh parsley
2 large garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning (more to taste)
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon paprika
½ teaspoon chili powder
¼ teaspoon dried thyme
Make the rice. In a large, heavy saucepan, combine the rice, chicken broth, and bay leaves. Bring to a boil, uncovered, until you see little steam holes begin to appear in the rice and the rice on the surface looks dry – about 8 minutes.
Reduce the heat to very low, cover the pan, and continue to cook an additional 15 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and let stand to steam, uncovered, for 5 minutes.
Remove the bay leaves and discard them. Fluff the rice. Set aside.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
In a large ovenproof Dutch oven, add the sausage and ground beef, breaking up the meat into small particles. Cook, continuing to break up the meat until completely browned.
Using a fine-mesh strainer, drain the meat.
In the same Dutch oven, melt the bacon grease. Add the onion, bell peppers, and celery. Stir and cook, over medium heat, until the onion is translucent and the vegetables are very soft – about 8 minutes.
Stir in the parsley, garlic, Cajun seasoning, onion powder, paprika, chili powder, and dried thyme. Stir to coat the spices completely.
Add in the drained meat and the rice. Carefully saute and combine the meat and rice with the vegetables and spices.
When everything is fully combined, place the Dutch oven in the preheated oven and bake for 20 minutes just to let the flavors marry and intensify.
Remove from the oven and give it a final stir. Serve hot.
- Category: Main Dish
- Method: Saute
- Cuisine: Cajun
Keywords: Cajun classic, rice dish, spicy food, ground beef recipes, comfort food, side dish