Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Dirty Rice

A go-to meal has to be tasty and easy. For some people it's Spaghetti, for others it's casseroles, for's Dirty Rice. Dirty Rice has become such a regular at our house that it's a miracle we aren't sick of it, yet.
As if rice weren't good enough on its own, it becomes a phenomenal main course when you add sausage, bell peppers, celery, onions, and spices.


Dirty Rice
adapted from My Life as a Mrs.

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 medium onion, diced
1 green bell pepper, seeded, diced
4 stalks of celery, diced
1 lb hot Italian sausage links
2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning (this recipe provides more than enough)
2 cups Basmati rice
2 (14.5oz) cans of low sodium chicken broth
3 oz water
2-3 green onions (optional)

Heat the 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil in a large pot with a tight fitting lid. Over medium-high heat, saute the diced onion, bell pepper and celery until they begin to soften, about 5 minutes. Add the hot sausage links, and continue to cook alongside vegetables. Brown sausages on each side. Mix in the Cajun seasoning.

Add the 2 cups of Basmati rice to the pot, and stir ingredients together. Pour the 2 cans of chicken broth into the pan. Add the 3 oz of water and stir to combine. Bring the contents of the pot to a boil. Put lid on and reduce heat to a low simmer. Cook the rice untouched for 20 - 24 minutes. Fluff rice with kitchen tool, and place lid back on the pot. Allow rice to finish cooking in its steam/residual heat for about 15 minutes.

Slice sausage links before serving, top with chopped green onions, if desired.

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