Monday, February 11, 2013

Dirty Rice


Dirty Rice - True Louisiana Style

 
It’s Mardi Gras time again and tomorrow is Fat Tuesday……..the grand climax of the Mardi Gras season.   In Louisiana, it’s yet another occasion to eat too much, drink too much and party down before the start of Lent.  I am not Catholic, but I have always enjoyed the eating and drinking part of Mardi Gras with the best of them!  This year, my friend (who also grew up in Louisiana), threw a party to celebrate the Mardi Gras season.  My job was to make the dirty rice.  Now, I usually would pull out a box of Zatarain’s dirty rice mix if I were cooking for a regular old weeknight but that would not do for the big party.  I found this recipe at Simply Recipes.com and it got rave reviews!   The rice was delicious and I really would not dream of making it without the chicken livers.  They are chopped up so fine and combined with the pork and rice so that you don’t even know you are eating chicken livers (for those who may not care for liver).  Cheers!


INGREDIENTS

1 1/2 cup long-grain rice
2 cups chicken broth
2 cups water
3 Tbsp vegetable oil
1/2 pound ground pork
1/2 cup chicken livers
3 slices of bacon, chopped
1/2 onion, chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
1/2 green bell pepper or 1-3 jalapeƱos, seeded and chopped
1 Tbsp Cajun seasoning
2 green onions, chopped

The photos are of my experience with this recipe and the final resulting dish of deliciousness.   I have listed the ingredients here, but you can view the full recipe at www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/dirty_rice/   


My friend Gayle and I



Troy and I at the party