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Dirty Rice

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Dirty Rice

Dirty Rice – An incredibly  rich and tasty one pot rice  meal made  from scratch with aromatics , seasoned with creole spices and fortified with ground beef , chicken livers and bacon.   Liver haters you are going to love this too! 

Dirty Rice? What can I say. If  you are into  looks , then you are not going to give this a second thought. BUT if you are just like me and want BIG BOLD FLAVORS then my friend , you need to start planning your next meal . Cause this is IT!  

This Dirty Rice Recipe is a Classic Soul Food that has been present for centuries. It’s a one-pot meal that deserves a place on your dining table for weeknight meals  and/or  Celebratory meals.

It’s Flavorful, with a lots  of texture, one of those rice recipes that always makes an appearance  in my house.

 

No, it’s not what you think! Not the messy (dirty) stuff, of course. I wouldn’t do that to you my lovely peeps.

It’s name might leave you thinking twice, but this Dirty Rice — originating in Southern Louisiana– is a blend of white rice, mixed with spices and aromatics and added with small pieces of meat like chicken liver and gizzards and ground beef or sausage .

The addition of the liver and ground beef  gives it’s “dirty” look — something you wouldn’t expect for cooked rice.

Over the years, this flavorful rice meal has evolved with a lot of variations. Here, I used chicken liver, ground beef and  chopped bacon to boost the flavor of the other meats , not that you need bacon, I just love it !   In fact, you can make it without it if it’s not available 

You know the  seasoning  just makes it even more delicious. Speaking of seasoning, have you tried my homemade version here . You need to make it !Packs a punch of flavor

 

 

So level up your rice game and turn it into this tasty one-dish rice meal. Perfect for any meal of the day! You would definitely never look rice the same way again and your whole household would love it

Enjoy!!!

Dirty Rice
This Dirty Rice Recipe is a Classic Soul Food that has been present for centuries. It’s a one-pot meal that deserves a place on your dining table for weeknight meals and/or celebratory meals.

Servings6 people
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes

Ingredients

Instructions
  1. In a large, heavy sauté pan, saute chopped bacon until cooked about 4-5 minutes- set aside

  2. Then add 2 tablespoons of the oil or more oil to bacon pan.

  3. Throw in the onions , thyme , bay leaf and garlic , saute for about 2-3 minutes

  4. Add chicken liver and ground beef, creole seasoning . and cook, stirring, for about 2 minutes .

  5. Add bell peppers, celery , salt and pepper. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes.Pour in about 1 cup cup stock .

  6. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for about 5 minutes.

  7. Finally add rice, mix thoroughly. Cook until the rice is heated through, about 5-7 minutes. Do not overcook the rice. Remove from the heat and remove the bay.

  8. Stir in the parsley and serve

Nutrition Facts
Dirty Rice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 284
Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g
12%
Saturated Fat 3g
15%
Trans Fat 0.4g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 89mg
30%
Sodium 516mg
22%
Potassium 427mg
12%
Total Carbohydrates 33g
11%
Dietary Fiber 2g
8%
Sugars 5g
Protein 20g
40%
Vitamin A
62%
Vitamin C
135%
Calcium
5%
Iron
23%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

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Newsletter Sneak Peek and Sample Frugal Caribbean Cooking Meal Plan

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Hey there! Hope you are having a wonderful day! You might be wondering what this is about. Well, I am glad you are curious to know. I decided to share this post on the blog and also send out an email just in case you miss it. I want to formally introduce my Frugal Caribbean […]

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5 Pasta dishes that are quick and easy to make

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4 Pasta dishes that are quick and easy to make anytime during the year! Have a delicious pasta dinner on the table in minutes We all eat a lot of pasta and we love it versatility. You can cook it with vegetables, meat, poultry, and seafood. Many people prefer to cook pasta also with different types […]

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10 easy recipes you can try this weekend

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Have you ever wondered how to put your culinary expertise to text? Here’s a chance! 10 Easy Recipes you can make right in your kitchen. This weekend try making these most of the dishes on this list. You will be choked at how easy it is to cook healthy Caribbean inspired dishes. But first, you need […]

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How To Make Haitian Griot.

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While this is my take on the iconic Haitian Griot, it’s heavily influenced by the way my friend’s mom would make it when I’d find excuses to stay to play Super Mario at their apartment. Pieces of pork (usually a cheap cut with marbling of fat) seasoned with herbs, braised until tender and finally fried until golden and crisp. Back in those days playing Nintendo and patiently waiting for his mom to ask if I’d stay for dinner, my mind was never far from the Pikliz (Picklese) which automatically made it’s way on the table.

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Brazilian Lemonade

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Brazilian Lemonade

Brazilian Lemonade –  Not your average lemonade this Brazilian lemonade  is Creamy, tangy and Refreshing,  the perfect way to refresh and cool down this summer and all you need is four ingredients! 

Without a doubt ,there is nothing refreshing like this Brazilian lemonade or limeade (because it is made with limes instead of lemonade). The first time, I tried this drink was at Fogo de chao- a popular Brazilian steak house.

I gulped down two big glasses of it and did not  have room to eat the steak, not to talk of the bread and that was the main reason I came-  they are not cheap either, AND it’s all you can eat. What a WASTE ! 

So wanted to repeat the experience and found it a copy cat recipe at Mels Kitchen Cafe and immediately tried it out. It tasted like the one at the restaurant- Refreshingly good! Now, there is no turning back because everyone wants more  of it ; I have been making this every other day. Thank God, it is inexpensive and ridiculously easy to make.  

And during summer it’s non-stop.

Ok, back to this drink, it seriously takes just 5 minutes to make, maybe even less. And the best thing about making this lemonade  is that, you simply throw all the ingredients in the blender! Pulse a couple of times strain and voila- a super delicious thirst quencher. It gets its sweetness from sugar and condensed milk lends some creamy goodness it.  You can also use fresh coconut milk to replace the condensed milk, if you are vegan or can’t stand condensed milk.

Enjoy!!!

Brazilian Lemonade(Limeade)
 
Prep time
5 mins

Total time
5 mins

 

Author: AfricanBites
Recipe type: Drinks
Cuisine: Brazilian
Serves: 2

Ingredients
  • 2 fresh limes
  • 3 cups water
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 3-4 tablespoons condensed milk
  • 2 cups ice plus more for serving

Instructions
  1. Wash and scrub limes. Then cut into about 8 wedges.
  2. Add limes together with the sugar, sweetened condensed milk, water, and ice.
  3. Pulse about 7-10 times. (too much pulsing will make the juice bitter)
  4. Strain drink through a fine mesh strainer, into pitcher, to remove rinds.
  5. Serve over ice in chilled glasses preferably

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This recipe was first published July, 3  2014 but have been updated!

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Salted Cod Croquettes

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Salted Cod Croquettes

Salted Cod Croquettes

With the long weekend ahead, these delicious salted cod croquettes might be just the thing to add to your culinary repertoire. Throw in a few mojito’s, some good friends and you’re all set for a perfect pre-summer cocktail party.

As for salted fish. We shouldn’t judge it by its looks. Nor its smell. Soak it, boil it and you’re left with a flavorful base for lots of tasty recipes. Trust me!

This recipe is adapted from the version of the famous Daniel Boulud and is pretty damn tasty.

Happy weekend! Will spend mine on a deserted island by the way. Hooray!

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Salted Cod Croquettes

  • Author: Helmi Smeulders
  • Yield: makes 20
  • Cuisine: Caribbean

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb (225 g) salted cod, soaked in water for 1 hour
  • 1 cup (250 ml) milk
  • 2 sprigs of thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 cloves of garlic, smashed
  • 1 lb (450 g) Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Scotch Bonnet chili, finely minced (or more to taste)
  • 3 tablespoons cilantro/culantro, finely chopped
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 (50 g) red onion, finely diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1-2 cup(s) panko (or fresh bread crumbs)
  • 3 eggs
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • Lime wedges, crispy parsley and lime mayo, to serve

Instructions

In a saucepan, combine the cod, milk, thyme, bay leaf and garlic. Add enough water to cover the fish and bring to a boil. Let simmer for 20 minutes, or until flaky and tender. Transfer the fish to a plate. Reserve the milk in the saucepan!

Add the potatoes to the saucepan and simmer until tender, about 10-15 minutes. Flake the fish with a fork. Transfer the potatoes to a bowl and mash to a coarse puree. Add 1-2 tablespoons of cooking liquid as needed. Flake the fish with a fork and add to the potatoes together with the chili, cilantro and egg yolk. Heat the olive oil in a skillet and fry the onion and garlic until softened, about 3-4 minutes. Stir through the potato mixture and season to taste. Refrigerate the mixture until cool and set, at least 30 minutes.

Take 3 small bowls, 1 for the flour, 1 for the eggs and 1 for the panko. Beat the eggs with a fork. Form the salt cod mixture into tablespoon-size balls. One by one, dredge each ball in flour, dip them in the beaten eggs and coat with panko. Arrange the balls on a baking sheet and refrigerate until chilled, about 10 -15 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat the oil to 375F/180C. Working in batches fry the balls until crisp and golden, about 4-5 minutes. Serve immediately with lime wedges, crispy parsley and lime mayo.

Notes

Making crispy parsley is easy. Fry the leaves of a bunch of curly parsley in hot oil until crisp, about 30 seconds. Drain on paper towels. Be carefully when adding the parsley to the hot oil; it will spatter because of the moisture in the leaves.

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Cracked Wheat or Bulgur Wheat with Leek and Lima Beans

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When was the last time you had a delicious bowl of Cracked Wheat or Bulgur Wheat? Bulgur Wheat is sometimes called cracked wheat and is a great source of fiber. Bulgar Wheat is also known to be a great source of minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants. Although there is not much difference between cracked wheat and bulgur […]

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