True authentic cajun dirty rice has one pound of lean ground meat and one pound of lean ground pork.
There's no more classic Louisiana dish than this deeply flavored rice like this recipe from Chef Donald Link at Herbsaint in New Orleans. The chicken livers are traditional, and give it an authentic taste you can't really get any other way. Letting everything cook until it browns and sticks to the skillet is very important for flavor.
- 1/2 cup chicken livers (8 to 10 medium livers)
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 1/4 pound ground pork
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 1/2 cups chicken stock, divided
- 1 small onion, finely chopped (about 3/4 cup)
- 2 stalks celery, finely chopped (about 1/2 cup)
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 jalapeño pepper, finely chopped
- 3 green onions, chopped (about 1/3 cup)
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- 3 cups cooked rice
- 1. Puree chicken livers in a food processor. Heat oil in a large skillet over high heat; add liver and pork, and cook, stirring, until browned, about 4 minutes. Stir in salt, pepper, and chili powder, and cook 2 minutes more.
- 2. Add 1/4 cup stock, and cook until evaporated, about 8 minutes, allowing mixture to brown and stick to skillet. Stir in onion and next 3 ingredients, and cook until well browned and sticking to skillet, about 8 minutes.
- 3. Add remaining 1 1/4 cups stock, and cook 2 minutes, stirring to loosen particles from bottom of skillet. Add green onion, parsley, and rice, remove from heat, and stir thoroughly.
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