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Dirty Rice is a simple dish to prepare and delicious to eat. Rooted in Cajun food ways, the ingredients are inexpensive and full of flavor. If you want to add your own twist to the dish you have almost infinite possibilities.

Traditionally, the dish involved either chicken liver or gizzards. Now, I'm a fan of chicken livers but we didn't have any and we're trying to use what we already have in the house. So last night's dinner looked like this:

1/2 green bell pepper
1 chicken breast (no bone or skin)
1/2 lb pork sausage (just under 1/2 lb, actually)
1/2 can fire roasted tomatoes
1 stalk celery
1 medium onion
Minced garlic (about three cloves)

2 cups dry rice
Chicken broth or stock

Chipotle pepper
Chili powder
Ground Coriander Seed
Cumin Seed
Hot Hungarian Paprika
Salt (not much)

The breast should be cut into small pieces. Brown the meats together and drain fat if necessary. Add chopped/diced bell pepper, onion, celery, and garlic. Saute until soft but still a little crunchy. Add the seasonings to taste. Add the tomatoes.

Meanwhile, cook the rice in the chicken broth, adding water to make up the rest of the liquid if you need it. We use a rice cooker. I love it.

Cover the stuff on the stove and let it simmer for a while on low. Play with the seasonings until you're happy. Fold in the cooked rice and let the flavors mingle for a just a bit. You can also cook the rice in the same pot if you want to add even more flavor and you have luck with that sort of thing. I don't.

In the end, you should have a mostly-rice dish that is studded with all kinds of veggies and a bit of meat. I haven't tried this vegetarian but I'm sure it'd be fine. Also, this much stuff made enough for me to have a large bowl full and for Jo to have three large bowls (he apparently really liked it) and we both had lunch for today too.


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