Traditional Cajun dirty rice is made with chicken livers.
Don’t get me wrong. Every now and then, as in every year or two, I get a craving for some fried chicken livers. But I don’t think I want any liver in my rice, thank you much.
This recipe was inspired by an episode of Down Home with the Neelys on Food Network. I use turkey kielbasa for the sausage and sometimes substitute instant brown rice in for the long grain white rice. This dish makes a good side dish (I served alongside crab cakes for Fat Tuesday) or main dish.
Kinda Dirty Rice
2 cups long grain white rice
5 cups chicken stock, divided
2 tablespoons canola oil
14 oz package turkey kielbasa (I like Butterball), cut into slices
1 clove garlic, minced
1 large onion, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
Salt and pepper to taste
Make the rice: In a medium saucepan combine the rice and 4 cups of the chicken stock. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer until all the stock is absorbed into the rice, about 20 minutes.
Meanwhile heat oil in a heavy-bottomed saute pan over medium-high heat. Brown the kielbasa. Once browned, add the garlic, onion, celery, and green bell pepper. Cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add 1 cup chicken stock and cayenne. Cook until the stock has reduced a little. Add the cooked rice and stir thoroughly. Taste and season with salt and pepper, if needed. Makes 6 to 8 servings.