No road trip to 'N’awlins', as Bill calls it, for this tasty little dish ~ you can make it right at home!
We remember our first taste of dirty rice many years ago ~ and Bubba does too. It was from Popeye’s, the restaurant chain originating in New Orleans. And then, our many visits to N'awlins...
However, this time, I made it at home in the Instant Pot now that I have one. It’s a one pot meal that does the cooking for you quickly.
The Arcadian classic version of this dish normally comes with chicken livers added for that distinctive flavor and dark color making it “dirty” in appearance.
It always includes the Cajun holy trinity, you know, celery, onions and bell peppers.
It's the foundation of so many of the world’s greatest dishes ~ from gumbo to jambalaya to chicken fricassee and étouffée, with every cuisine having its version of it.
- French cooks call it mirepoix, the combo of onions, carrots and celery.
- Italians call the same combination of ingredients soffritto.
- Greek cooks prefer lemon juice, olive oil and oregano.
- In Spain, garlic, onion and tomatoes are combined.
- Thai: Kaffir lime, lemongrass and galangal (relative of ginger.)
- Cuban cuisine: garlic, bell pepper and onion.
- In Spain, it’s garlic, onion and tomato.
- Brazilians season with dende oil, coconut milk and malagueta pepper.
It’s spicy, but not too spicy, you can always bump up the heat if you prefer. It’s a loaded dish with the best flavors in it.
We enjoyed it with grilled catfish, but I could definitely make a meal of just dirty rice. And, it tastes even better leftover, after the flavors have mingled longer.
One pot Not-Quite Dirty Rice is a great dish to try in your Instant Pot (providing you can get the lid on.) It's a perfect dish your family will want second helpings of. No Instant Pot? Cook it in a Dutch oven on the stove top.
Next time, same recipe, with the exception of substituting Andouille sausage and chicken liver for the ground beef.
And perhaps a Dirty Martini or two on the side ~ with a little jazz or Zydeco music!