If you’re looking for a Dirty Rice recipe that is strictly made from scratch, this is not the recipe for you. This recipe is a combination of an old recipe from many moons ago and my new friend Zatarain’s. Of course, the recipe can be adjusted to exclude the help of Zatarain’s but why not cut a few corners whenever you can for an easier recipe.
Like I said earlier, I used to make dirty rice many moons ago when I was single. Rice dishes are a great way to stretch a budget when you are low on funds (young single life) or if you are just learning how to cook on your own. In my case it was both when I initially moved away from home. I knew how to cook but not really on my own plus buying my own groceries. I am more of a potatoes kind of gal but making dirty rice, rice casseroles or fried rice allowed me to have multiple meals for lunch and dinner.
My Jazzed Up Dirty Rice is a recipe I will definitely share with my youngest son as he is on his own now and learning how to cook for himself. Jazzing up the recipe meant using Italian sausage, roasted red peppers, Chile peppers, Cajun sausage and a few red pepper flakes to bring on the heat.
Pulling everything together is quite easy and since you basically only use a few pans for cooking your clean up time is less than usual. Give this recipe a try and I am sure you won’t be disappointed.
Jazzed Up Dirty Rice
1 box Family Size Zatarain’s Dirty Rice
1 lb Campari tomatoes (quartered)
1 package fresh Italian sausage (casting removed)
1 package Zartarain’s Cajun Smoked Sausage sliced
1 small can green Chiles
1 small onion diced
2 cups chicken broth (low sodium)
1 ½ cups water
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp seasoned salt
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp red pepper flakes
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Place tomatoes in a small casserole dish. Season with ¼ tsp salt and oregano. Drizzle olive oil over the tomatoes then stir to coat with seasonings and olive oil. Place tomatoes in the oven for 45 minutes. Set aside when done roasting.
While the tomatoes are roasting brown the Italian sausage in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add sliced smoked sausage and onions to the Italian sausage and stir. Cook for 2 – 3 minutes then add the green Chiles. Cook another few minutes then stir in the roasted tomatoes and remaining seasonings. Create a well in the middle of the pan then add the box of Zatarain’s Dirty Rice. Gently mix the rice with the sausages and tomatoes then stir in water and chicken broth to blend. Reduce heat to medium and cover. Simmer for 25 – 30 minutes until the rice is tender stirring occasionally. If necessary, add a little more liquid half way through the cooking process if the rice seems hard or too dry.
Serve with cabbage, a green mixed salad or sliced tomatoes.