Prep 15 mins
Cook 30 mins
This is a cajun classic. Dirty rice is basically a rice pilaf that is called dirty because it's cooked with minced chicken livers or gizzards. Don't run away now! The rice doesn't taste like liver, it just deepens the flavor of the rice and the crispy bits are so small you won't really notice them. You have a choice of using green bell peppers or jalapenos, depending on your heat tolerance. Enjoy!
- 1 1⁄2 cups long-grain rice (Carolina, basmati, jasmine, etc)
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 2 cups water
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1⁄2 lb ground pork
- 1⁄2 cup chicken liver
- 3 slices bacon, chopped
- 1⁄2 onion, chopped
- 2 celery ribs, chopped
- 1⁄2 green bell peppers or 1 -3 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
- 1 tablespoon cajun seasoning
- 2 green onions, chopped
- Cook the rice according to the package instructions, but use chicken broth for one third of the cooking liquid. So, for example, if the package says to use 3 cups of water for 1 1/2 cups of rice, use 2 cups of water and 1 cup of chicken broth. Once the rice has finished cooking, remove from heat and let sit for 5 minutes. Turn the rice out onto a sheet pan and drizzle 1 tablespoon of olive oil over it. Mix to combine and let cool.
- While the rice is cooking, mash and finely chop the chicken livers, or purée briefly in a blender. In a large pan that can eventually hold the rice plus everything else, put 1 tablespoon of oil plus the bacon in and cook over medium-low heat until the bacon is crispy.
- Add the ground pork and increase the heat to high. Allow the meat to brown before stirring. As soon as the pork starts to brown, add the final tablespoon of oil and add the celery, jalapeños, and onions. Brown them all over medium-high heat. You may notice the bottom of the pan getting crusty. Keep it from burning by lowering the heat if needed. Add the minced liver and cook for a few minutes more.
- Add the remaining cup of chicken broth and deglaze the pan by scraping the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. Add the Cajun seasoning and turn the heat to high. Boil away most of the chicken stock and then add the cooked rice. Toss to combine.
- Turn off the heat and add the green onions. Toss once more to combine and serve hot.
Occasionally I like to try recipes that are a little different from what I usually make to see how my old standbys hold up and this is one of those. While this recipe has a few different ingredients which really change the flavor from what I am used to, this is still an excellent recipe. And it goes to show that just like gumbo, there are many ways to do things. Now I have two favorite recipes for dirty rice to choose from: this one and my other old favorite. Choices are good! Thanks for sharing.