Whether it’s Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday…or a run of the mill weeknight, this easy Cajun dirty rice recipe is sure to start a party. It’s a hearty side or a one-dish meal.
Here’s how the conversation went as I was working on this recipe:
Me: Girls, I’m making Cajun Dirty Rice for Fat Tuesday.
Girls: What’s Fat Tuesday?
Me: It’s a celebration on the day before Lent starts where everyone eats lots of tasty things like Kings Cake, beignets and other sweets.
Girls: We should have LOTS of cake!!! And so…we will be having a few goodies along with this Louisiana specialty. Luckily, the Sunday Supper group is sharing an array of delicious recipes today to round out our Mardi Gras celebration!
Cajun Dirty Rice Made Easy
Classic Cajun dirty rice includes such things as chicken livers and ground pork. The Dinner-Mom version uses fully cooked sausage that has been chopped in a food processor. It makes this dish sooo easy. I’m partial to chicken sausage. Of course, andouille sausage would be perfect.
While the rice is cooking, saute the vegetables, stir in the sausage and season everything with Cajun spices. Add the cooked rice to the pan, sprinkle with green onions and, to quote my favorite Louisiana chef, BAM! You’re done!
Add some red beans if you like. And, by the way…it tastes even better the second day. So, make lots. 🙂
- 1 cup of long grain rice (such as jasmine or basmati)
- 1½ cups broth, low sodium chicken or vegetable
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 1 Tablespoon butter, margarine or substitute
- 1 onion, diced (about 1 cup)
- 2 celery stalks, diced (about 1 cup)
- 1 red pepper, diced (about 1 cup)
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 teaspoon Cajun spice mix (or try this homemade spice blend )
- 9 ounces cooked sausage (such as chicken sausage or andouille sausage)
- 2 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
- 1 bunch green onion, sliced
- Cook rice according to instructions using broth instead of water. Rice should be light and fluffy and all the broth should be absorbed when finished.
- Finely cut and mash sausage until it is a crumbly consistency. Chop in a food processor if desired. Set aside.
- Heat olive oil and butter in a large pan.
- Add onion, celery, pepper and garlic to pan and saute until soft, about 5 minutes
- Add sausage to pan and mix to combine.
- When rice is finished cooking add it to the pan with the sausage and vegetables and mix to combine.
- Stir in Cajun spice and fresh thyme.
- Top with green onions.
Be sure to check out the other Mardi Gras inspired recipes by the Sunday Supper contributors! A big thank you to Leslie of La Cocina de Leslie for hosting this fun event.
Cocktails & Other Beverages:
- The Hurricane Cocktail Recipe from An Appealing Plan
- The French 75 from Kimchi MOM
- Sweet Potato Pie Smoothie from Peanut Butter and Peppers
- Fried Oysters and Remoulade from Jane’s Adventures in Dinner
- Shrimp in Mustard Sauce from Noshing With The Nolands
- Mini Sweet Potato Pies from MealDiva
- Cajun Crab Beignets from Delaware Girl Eats
- Pancetta and Mushroom Arancini from Ruffles & Truffles
- Creole Shrimp Po Boy Recipe from Small Wallet, Big Appetite
- Chicken and Sausage Gumbo from Supper for a Steal
- Sausage & Shrimp Jambalaya from Yours And Mind Are Ours
- Vegan Pizza Waffles from Killer Bunnies, Inc.
- Red Beans and Rice from Cookin’ Mimi
- Baked Catfish Po’Boy from Curious Cuisiniere
- Muffaletta from Casa de Crews
- Bayou Seafood and Andouille Jambalaya from The Weekend Gourmet
- Seafood Gumbo from Take A Bite Out of Boca
- Cajun Rice & Beans from Momma’s Meals
- Creole Celery Root Bisque (with Lobster) from The Wimpy Vegetarian
- Louisiana Roasted Barbecue Shrimp from Food Lust People Love
- Cajun Dirty Rice Bowls from The Dinner-Mom
- New Orleans Fried Chicken from Family Foodie
- Baked Endive and Pears in Blue Cream Sauce from Shockingly Delicious
- Okra Creole from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Banana Creme Pie with Honey Whipped Cream and Pecan Brittle from The Foodie Patootie
- Chocolate Ganache Tart from Melanie Makes
- Banana Bread Pudding from Gotta Get Baked
- Delicious Saffron Baked Beignets from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- New Orleans Bread Pudding with Caramel Whiskey Sauce from La Bella Vita Cucina
- Polish Paczki from Cravings of a Lunatic
- Buttermilk Beignets from The Messy Baker
- Eggless Bread Pudding in a Jar from What Smells So Good?
- Mint Julep Bars from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
- Mardi Gras Cupcakes w/ Cinnamon Frostingfrom Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Mardi Gras Long Johns from Kudos Kitchen by Renee
- Mexican Chocolate Coffee Cake from La Cocina de Leslie
- Fasnetküchle from The Not So Cheesy Kitchen
- Cheesecake Swirl Brownies from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Pecan and Chocolate Pralines from Desserts Required
- Chocolate Raspberry Cake from Clarks Condensed
- Baked Coconut Beignets from Mess Makes Food
- Ravioli dolci di Carnevale from Manu’s Menu
- Strawberry Paczki from Neighborfood
- Blackberry Fritters from girlichef
- Brownie Chocolate Chip Cheesecake from Magnolia Days
- Flourless Chocolate Cake in a Mug w/ Coconut Cream from Sue’s Nutrition Buzz
- Pecan Bars from Pies and Plots
- “Skinny Tuesday” Bananas Foster Cheesecake Parfaits from Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Mocha Pear Cake from Happy Baking Days
- Skinny Baked Beignets from Daily Dish Recipes
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