Dirty Brown Rice With Shrimp

READY IN: 40mins
Recipe by CaliforniaJan

Another winner from the Skinnytaste website. Here's a tasty and healthier twist on a Cajun classic, the addition of shrimp turns this into a fabulous main dish. I'd like to think of this as a Cajun shrimp fried rice. Dirty rice is a classic Cajun dish made "dirty" by cooking the rice with minced livers or gizzards. I created a healthier version using brown rice and lean ground beef in place of the chicken livers that normally make dirty rice "dirty". But don't worry, this healthier version does not skimp on flavor! It has plenty of spices and a bit of kick, you can adjust the heat to your taste but don't be shy with the cayenne if you can handle it!

Top Review by Karen Elizabeth

Mixed reviews, my cousin and I loved this (we had seconds and finished it off), husband didnt particularly like it, but wasnt specific on why. All I can say, well, WE liked it, made as per recipe, for me this would be a make again. Oh, one thing, I did add crushed tomatoes .. hope you'll forgive me, I just felt I would enjoy tomatoes in this .... really good, Jan, thank you, made for ZWT9, Family Picks, Pink Panthers

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Cook brown rice according to package directions in water along with a chicken bouillon, 1 bay leaf and 1/4 tsp salt and 1/8 each of salt, cayenne, paprika and thyme.
  2. When the rice is almost done cooking, heat a large heavy saucepan on medium-low heat. Add the oil, onions, green pepper, celery, bay leaf and garlic. Sauté on medium-low heat until soft, about 5 minutes. Add beef, salt, black pepper, remaining paprika, thyme and cayenne pepper. Sauté until browned, about 10-15 minutes; add shrimp, cover and cook 5 more minutes.
  3. When the rice is done, toss with beef and shrimp and combine well. Top with scallions and serve.

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