August 1, 2013

{Southern Style} Dirty Rice

Southern Style Dirty Rice is my take on a New Orleans Traditional Dirty Rice which is often made with chicken gizzards and livers, which gives it the brown color and that gives this recipe its name. However I do not eat either of those two meats. I have tried them but, there're just not for me. I have had dirty rice cooked for me by a friend from Louisiana and I've tried the boxed dirty rice by Zatarain's. The seasonings in dirty rice are really good and so tasty.

I always just get the box of Zatarain's because it’s super easy. Buying it in the box though can be costly. I usually make 2 boxes to have extra since I don't buy it a lot. So one day I thought why not try and make it from scratch so I could save some money. I got as close as I could on taste and used ground beef for my dirty rice the southern way. If you like dirty rice you will like this. I gave a look at the ingredients and found a good mix of what was in the original recipe. All the spices to have on hand to make this cost less than buying this meal twice and make at least 10 of them.. which Makes my pocket book happy! Give it a try.

{Southern Style} Dirty Rice

What Ya'll Need:
1 lb. ground meat
3 cups uncooked long grain white rice(used uncle ben's) 
4 tbsp. Creole Seasoning (used Zatarain's)
1 1/2 tbsp. of Zatarain's Dehydrated Sweet Bell Peppers
1 tbsp. minced Onion(used McCormick's)
1 tbsp. minced garlic
1 tbsp. soy sauce
6 1/2 cups water
2 tbsp. of butter 
*dash of paprika on top for taste

What you Do:
Brown ground beef in large skillet on medium-high heat, make sure you ground it up in very small pieces, then drain and set aside. In a large saucepan bring water to a boil add all the seasonings and butter stir until mixed. Then add the meat and rice; return to a boil. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 25 minutes or until rice is tender. Remove from heat. Let stand 5 minutes. Fluff with fork before serving. Dash with paprika and enjoy!

*Cooking Note: I was trying to get the same results from a box of Zatarain's so that my family could cut back on cost since this is a meal we love to eat. I also was trying to keep it at the same time  frame. I think this was a very close result! You could use fresh peppers and onion. For my quick version I didn't.

This make's 8-12, 1 cup servings. We like left overs in my house!!