One-Dish Dirty Rice

A traditional Southern dish, dirty rice gets its name from the less-than-pristine color of the rice grains. Don’t shy away, though: that rice is flavored with smoky, delectable bacon and spicy sausage! If you want to amp up the spice, add a finely minced jalapeno or other hot pepper to the pan along with the minced onion and vegetables.

Casey Barber

One-Dish Dirty Rice

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    3 thick strips of smoked bacon, cut into 1/2-inch cubes 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
    1/2 pound hot Italian sausage, removed from its casings 1/2 teaspoon ground chili powder (not pre-mixed chili seasoning
    1 small yellow onion, minced 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
    2 large celery stalks, minced 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    1 green pepper, cored and minced 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    2 cloves garlic, minced 3 cups chicken broth
    1 cup long-grain white rice 4 scallions, dark and light green parts only, thinly sliced


    Prep: 15 min Total:
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    • 1

      Add the bacon to a deep, heavy-bottomed 12-inch skillet and place over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the bacon is crisp in spots and has rendered most of its fat into the pan.

    • 2

      Add the sausage to the pan in small chunks and cook, stirring occasionally, until it is fully cooked and browned.

    • 3

      Add the onion, celery, green pepper and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5-7 minutes until the vegetables are soft and translucent.

    • 4

      Add the rice, then the paprika, chili powder, cumin, cayenne, and black pepper and stir to coat evenly.

    • 5

      Add the chicken broth; if all 3 cups don’t fit in the skillet at once, add 2 cups and allow them to absorb as the rice simmers, then add the remaining chicken broth when there is room.

    • 6

      Simmer the rice for about 20 minutes until tender.

    • 7

      Serve topped with freshly sliced scallions.

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