Saturday, November 29, 2008

Cajun Dirty Rice

Authentic dirty rice contains chicken livers, but don't fret if you don't like them. You can simply increase the beef or pork and still have a wonderful basic Cajun Rice.
Authentic dirty rice contains chicken livers, but don't fret if you don't like them. Follow this recipe, but increase the beef or pork and you'll have a wonderful basic undirty Cajun Rice.

Cajun Dirty Rice

There are as many dirty rice recipes as there are southern cooks, but authentic dirty rice recipes always include chicken giblets of some kind - usually livers, though the kidney, heart and gizzard are often used as well.

This is just one of those Cajun dishes that was born out of the tradition of using every part of the animal in meals.

Also, when we cook rice in the south, which we do regularly, we tend to cook a bunch so that there's just about always some rice hanging around in the fridge. This dish is a great way to use some of that leftover rice, which I feel surely must've had something to do with its creation in the first place.

The livers are what creates the "dirty" look to the rice, because they impart a color that clings to rice and gives it a sort of, well, dirty look.

Without them it really isn't dirty rice.

Sorry.

Without the livers, it is both lacking in the classic color and the unique flavor from them. Still, even "cleaned up" for folks who can't stomach the idea of eating giblets of any kind, it makes a pretty darned good dish more commonly known simply as Cajun Rice.

Just don't call it Dirty Rice y'all.

Though The Cajun aka the hubby isn't gonna touch liver with a ten foot pole, I have managed to sneak it in on him with Dirty Rice, to which he declares how delicious it is! 

We treat this more like a rice dressing where I come from, so it is typically served as a side dish often to fried chicken, or roasted meat, though other folks around the country often serve this is a one skillet, main dish, adding a nice garden salad or green veggie as their side.

Dirty rice also serves as a great filling too for things like tacos, burritos, wraps, stuffed peppers or lettuce cups.

Don't go overboard with the Cajun or Creole seasoning though - all of your seasonings should be to taste and a little bit of cayenne goes a long way! Always start with a little, taste and adjust as needed. Make it a Creole Dirty Rice by adding in 2 cans of drained Rotel tomatoes and 1 small can of tomato sauce.

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Authentic dirty rice contains chicken livers, but don't fret if you don't like them. You can simply increase the beef or pork and still have a wonderful basic Cajun Rice.

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