It’s a fine day to be a grocery lover, cause you know how us sisters love our groceries! Amy is at the beach with her girlfriends and they all will be cooking up some savory dishes. You know if Amy packs a deep fryer it’s going to be a good weekend! As for me it is Game day and LSU plays the Florida Gators. So, with that being said I think I will serve deep fried gator tail over a bed of rice and Gator Gumbo! Not really, but it sounds good!
Today I am making it a trouble-free Saturday cooking day. Caleb and Allison, my beautiful children, have both gone away for the weekend and Rick will be playing golf. So, I am going to cook just for me and watching the game and do just what I want to do! Since I am just cooking for me I am making some dirty rice, I have a little boudain and I will put together a little salad. Got to have some Slap Ya Mama cheese biscuits to. Today I am using a box mix of dirty rice and that is OK! I use Zatarain’s. I put a little twist on it so it will have that savory flavor!
Don’t worry; it’s only a name. Dirty rice isn’t actually dirty—it’s called that because the chicken gizzards and livers it’s traditionally made with give it a brown or “dirty” color. Most common in regions of Southern Louisiana and Mississippi, it’s similar to pilaf in its use of the holy trinity of New Orleans cooking—green bell pepper, celery and onion. Then meat is added, and the whole thing is garnished with green onions and parsley.
An insider tip: If you’re not into chicken livers and gizzards, try it with ground beef or sausage for a delicious alternative.
Today I will be using ground pork and ground beef.
What You Need
1 12-oz package Zatarain’s Dirty Rice Mix
1 lb ground pork
1 lb ground beef
2 tablespoons oil
1 ½ tablespoons flour
½ cup minced onion
1 rib celery, minced
¼ cup minced bell pepper
½ tablespoon minced garlic
2 ¼ cups chicken broth
½ cup chopped green onion
½ tablespoon Slap Ya Mama
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
Louisiana Hot Sauce to taste
Lightly brown ground pork and ground beef and drain, set aside.
Make a dark roux by mixing oil and flour in heavy bottomed 6 to 8-quart saucepot over low heat. Stir constantly using wooden spoon.
When roux is finished, stir in onion and allow to brown, leaving heat on low. Next, add celery, bell pepper and garlic. Add Rice Mix and stir for 5 minutes to toast rice. Then add your ground beef and pork and stir for an additional 4 minutes
Stir in broth; allow mixture to come to a boil. Cover with lid and simmer over low heat for 25 minutes.
Sprinkle with green onion and parsley just before serving!