Madeline Roseland's Dirty Rice

READY IN: 1hr 40mins
Recipe by Kat Wood

Madeline Roseland is my grandmother from Louisiana. She made this every year for Thanksgiving, and like most Cajun recipes, the amounts are general, as well as the prep and cooking times. Cook the rice until it's done. If you use the microwave, it will be finished sooner than the rice steamer. Keep adding spices until it tastes good to you. It should be as spicy as you can handle. If you've ever read a Cajun cookbook, you'll know I'm telling the truth when I say they don't usually use cookbooks or measuring spoons. They just know it and hand it down to the next generation by teaching in the kitchen while actually preparing the recipe. The turkey drippings are what makes this rice so good, and for the very best flavor, use the turkey juice from the bottom of the roasting pan when your turkey is almost done. It just isn't the same without it. I know lots of people don't like the liver, but if you do this recipe correctly, the liver taste does not come through as liver, it just adds a distinctive flavor, but is not overwhelmingly liver. Granny also used Bruce's Ma Cayenne pepper, which has a flavor all its own, but I think the company went out of business years ago, because we haven't been able to find it in forever. Other Cajun brand peppers work better than the traditional red peppers.

Top Review by panamcar

Thank you for posting this recipe. It is just like my mom used to make, she was from Marksville, LA and I haven't had this in such a long time. I've made it twice, cooking the rice the way I normally do in a pot on the stove instead of the microwave and using Richards dressing mix. It came out wonderfully both times. I'm so glad you shared this, my mom passed away many years ago and I never learned the recipe from her. It brings back great memories.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cook rice in turkey stock in microwave or rice steamer.
  2. If using the steamer, reduce turkey stock to 2 cups.
  3. Sauté garlic and vegetables in butter until soft.
  4. Add ground meat and seasoning to sautéed vegetables.
  5. Brown until done.
  6. Do not drain liquid--this is not a low fat recipe!
  7. Just continue cooking until the liquid is reduced almost completely (leave it a little juicy) back into the meat and vegetable mixture. You don't want the rice runny, just moist.
  8. Stir meat mixture into rice and serve.

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