Friday, November 2, 2012

Dirty Rice (Without a Box)



My husband has a secret love affair with the foods of NOLA he enjoyed on his rite of passage bachelor trip to that wild city.  I've never been, but I appreciate anything spicy so I have humored him many a night with box of Zatarains.  I remember when I switched to the low sodium version and patted myself on the back.  But since then I have come a long way in the lines of cooking, but until the other day, my man would still drool a little when he passed that red and white box in the aisle.   It is so funny the tastes our palate holds onto when we move onto real food.  So I branched out the other night after I found these sausages on sale.


Any other brand would do, it just needs to be both smoky and spicy. 

Ingredients:
1 pkg of smoked spicy sausages, diced
1 lb of ground beef (preferably grass-fed, and local)
1 medium onion chopped
2 bell peppers chopped
1 jalapeno finely diced (take the seeds out if you can't handle the heat)
3 cloves of garlic minced or pressed
1 tablespoon of Chili powder
1 teaspoon of black pepper
1 teaspoon of salt
1 tablespoon (or more) of butter, olive oil, or lard (lard is the most flavor neutral, worked great)
1-28oz can (or 2 smaller cans) of diced or stewed tomatoes
a pinch of organic sugar (omit if there is sugar in your stewed tomatoes)
2 cups of white or brown rice
4 cups of chicken stock (plus 1 tsp. salt if homemade unsalted broth)
1 tsp of butter

Directions:
Cook rice:  Add 2 cups of rice, 4 cups of stock (plus 1 tsp of salt if using homemade broth), and 1tsp of butter to a boil in a medium sauce pan.  Reduce heat to low, cover and leave alone for 20 minutes for white rice, 1 hour for brown rice.  Brown the beef in a non-stick skillet.  This will of course be quicker if you remember to leave it out to defrost.  Add in onion and peppers, garlic, seasonings and lard (or oil or butter).  Saute until just softened.  Add in tomatoes and sausage, cook until heated all the way through.  Stir in rice.  Serve!  Garnish with extra diced jalapeno if you want some more heat, serve with a good Hurricane...or milk for the kiddos!

Straight from the farm, grass-fed goodness....and btw, I never defrost! 
Brown the meat.  Add the veggies in.

Add sausage, diced tomatoes and other spices.  When heated through add the rice.
You're done!!
This was a great dinner, my man was so excited to have one of his favorite things and I was glad to know I didn't have to compromise to give it to him.  This one is going on the regular rotation.  I even think you could make ahead this into a freezer meal...hmmm...

Love and Butter,

Mishelle

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1 comment:

  1. Mmmm - This sounds great and I would love to have you share this on Thursday at Tasty Traditions http://myculturedpalate.com/

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