Friday, May 04, 2007


PawPaw is off this morning, to attend a graduation. My daughter-in-law, Melissa, has completed the degree requirements for a Masters Degree in something called Heritage Resources. This noon she graduates and I have been tasked with making Dirty Rice for the party afterwards.

Dirty Rice:
3 lbs ground breakfast sausage
3 cups chopped onion
3 cups chopped bell pepper
3 cups dry rice.
Salt, pepper.

Brown your sausage, then add the onions and peppers. Sautee till clear, then drain the excess grease. Add rice and stir. Cover with water and bake at 350 until the water is absorbed. Or, alternatively, the way I do it is to put a top on the dutch oven, reduce the heat to a bare simmer, and let it cook on the top of the stove until the rice is cooked. Either way works. I prefer to cook it on top the stove.

This is my Momma's basic recipe. It'll fill a medium Dutch oven. Early on, I noticed a definite mathematical consistency to the recipe. It's hard to make with just one of everything, because... hell, I don't know, it just doesn't turn out quite right. With two of everthing, it does pretty good. I guess you could get 30 of everthing and feed a regiment, but you'd need a big pot.

Time to get cooking.


oyster said...

Congratulations to your Daughter in law!

I wish I could join you in celebration. That dirty rice sounds yummy!

Bob@thenest said...

What, not even a little pork liver?


Congratulations, Melissa!