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Dirty Rice

Updated on November 3, 2014
Dirty Rice is so delicious and is served around the Gulf Coast and in the low country of South Carolina.
Dirty Rice is so delicious and is served around the Gulf Coast and in the low country of South Carolina.

Dirty Rice Is A Centuries Old Soul Food Classic.

Traditional Dirty Rice is a blend of rice, chicken livers and chicken gizzards. Sometimes browned cooked pork sausage is put in the rice and sometimes chicken is diced up fine and added to the Dirty Rice.

The dark color of the dish comes from the browning of the meats. Some people offer Hot Sauce on the side and leave the cayenne pepper out of the recipe but I think the cayenne pepper gives a lot of soul and character to the rice dish.

Best Cajun Dirty Rice Recipe

The History Of Dirty Rice

That very first Dirty Rice was probably made somewhere in Louisiana. It may or may not have been made in New Orleans. I've had Dirty Rice every where from the bayous of Louisiana to the low country of South Carolina to the Outer Banks Of North Carolina. I've had it made many different ways and I really liked it made almost every way it was made.

Pop Eyes has made Dirty Rice popular and famous all over the United States. But you can make wonderfully delicious Dirty Rice right there in your kitchen. Just follow the below really easy recipe and you'll have some of the best Dirty Rice you'll ever eat in your life.

Some people add other spices to their Dirty Rice like ground sea salt, thyme, oregano, poultry seasoning and a few others. Or you can stick to the below very basic recipe and end up with wonderful tasting dirty rice each and every time you make it.

I've also made it and added fine diced button mushrooms that I have first sauteed in a little butter until they are done before I add the mushrooms to the dirty rice. Some people also add browned pork sausage to the finished dirty rice stirring it in last.

But no matter how you make it I bet your going to love it. If you make it let me hear from you and let me know how it turned out for you.

Just What Do You Know About Dirty Rice?

Dirty Rice is a traditional Cajun dish but it can now be found in most parts of the American south and especially in the low country of South Carolina especially around Charleston and Beaufort South Carolina. It is made with cooked white rice , chicken livers , green bell peppers , celery , and onion known in Cajun country as the Holy Trinity. Below is my recipe for dirty rice. So why not make it and let me know what you think.

Dirty Rice is most common and probably started in the Creole regions of southern Louisiana. In Louisiana and Mississippi Dirty Rice is usually made and then garnished with either fresh chopped parsley or fine diced green onions before it is served up. Its most often served with deep fried pork chops, southern fried chicken, and all kinds of seafood dishes.

You need to make your Dirty Rice by the below recipe and then fry up some delicious Buttermilk Fried Chicken and Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits and you'll have a meal that you won't soon forget. If you click those two links your going to find two of the best recipes your ever going to find anywhere. Make the Dirty Rice, the Buttermilk Fried Chicken, and The Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits and you'll have a meal that you won't soon forget. All of these flavors go together just perfect.

All The Ingredients Needed To Make Dirty Rice

You will need 4 cups chicken stock , one yellow onion , one section of celery , one red bell pepper , 5 chicken livers , 6 chicken gizzards , 1 teaspoon black pepper , 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, 2 cups white rice.
You will need 4 cups chicken stock , one yellow onion , one section of celery , one red bell pepper , 5 chicken livers , 6 chicken gizzards , 1 teaspoon black pepper , 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, 2 cups white rice. | Source

How To Make The Perfect Pot Of Dirty Rice.

Now to make your dirty rice you want to dice your onions , celery and bell pepper into small pieces. Now dice your chicken livers and chicken gizzards up fine. Now add some vegetable oil to a skillet and then brown your diced up gizzards until brown. Now add in your diced livers and cook until they are brown. They won't brown up like the gizzards did but that's okay. Now scrape all your meat out into a bowl and add just a bit of vegetable oil and cook your onions , celery , and bell pepper.

Now pour everything into a large stock pot and bring to a boil while stirring to make sure all your ingredients are well mixed. Once your pot comes to a boil turn it down to a low simmer and place a lid on the pot. Cook for about 20 minutes until the rice has taken up all the liquid and is done. Stir your pot well to make sure all your ingredients are well mixed. Dirty Rice is delicious served with fried chicken , pork chops or even by its self. It really is so delicious.

If you make this recipe for dirty rice please post a comment below and let us know how it turns out for you.

Here's Another Great Dirty Rice Recipe

Feel free to post your Dirty Rice comments , tips , and suggestions below.

© 2009 Thomas Byers

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    • crazyhorsesghost profile imageAUTHOR

      Thomas Byers 

      3 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Thanks Rob. I'm glad it turned out good for you.

    • crazyhorsesghost profile imageAUTHOR

      Thomas Byers 

      3 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Thanks Rob. I'm glad it turned out good for you.

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      Rob-V 

      6 years ago

      This was my first attempt at a cajun recipe. I added some chilies too and garnished it with some Italian parsley and flavoured it a bit with some cajun sauce from the supermarket. Oh, but I didn't like the look of the gizzards so I just used some chicken meat instead. It was good; a relatively cheap, quick and easy to make recipe. Thanks a lot.

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