Tasty Tuesday: A Cajun Treat

Since moving to an area that is infused with Cajun food, I've discovered all kinds of cuisine that wasn't very common where I grew up.

One side dish that is eaten often here is called dirty rice. As a child dirty rice was what your mom had to throw out because it wasn't fit to eat, but now I know that dirty rice is a delicious combination of spices, sausage, and rice.

To make your rice a little dirtier, here is what you will need.

2 pounds of ground sausage (mild or hot depending on how much Cajun is in you)
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped celery
2 cans cream of chicken soup
1 can chicken broth

And 1 3/4 cup of long-grain white rice.

Disclaimer: The rice picture is seperate from the other ingredients because I had two blog photographers (Magpie and Chipette) who were fighting over the camera when I was trying to arrange the ingredients, thus the rice got left out. I didn't realize it until we were already on step two, so the picture of rice alone was necessary. Yeah, things don't always run so smoothly here :) Too many photographers spoil the blog!

Next you combine the sausage, onion, and celery in a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat.

After the sausage is browned and crumbly, then remove from heat and drain well.

I seriously wish that pictures were scratch and sniff because this smells sooooo good when it's cooking!

After you drain the meat (I rinse it as well), stir in the soup, broth, and rice.

Spoon into a 13x9 inch baking dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray and cover with foil.

Bake in a 375 degree oven for 45 minutes. And you will have the perfect side dish for fish, chicken, or steak. Around our house we usually eat it as a meal all by itself!

So good and spicy. Cajun comfort food at its best!

Talking with a bit of a Creole twang in the treehouse,


No comments:

Post a Comment