Dirty rice is a staple of Louisiana cooking, alternatively known as rice dressing. It's an easy recipe and I talked about it first in this earlier post. It's a filling way to use what's available and make something tasty that goes well as a side dish.
This is my updated recipe.
2 lbs ground beef
2 lbs bulk sausage
2 packs of seasoning vegetables (onion, peppers, celery)
6 cups dry rice
6 chicken bullion cubes
6 cups water
In a large iron pot, brown your meat. Don't drain it, but take it out and set aside, then sautee the vegetables in the meat drippings until clear. Drain vegetables and put them in a big baking dish. As you can see, I've used an aluminum steam table tray. Add rice. Stir. Put the bullion cubes into some hot water and dissolve them, then combine to make 6 cups chicken broth. Add to meat mixture. Cook uncovered in a 350 oven until the rice is tender and the liquid absorbed.
I made this pan of rice last night to take to a family gathering and we fed 20 people, of course we also had a pork roast, beans, country ribs, fried zucchini and a variety of desserts. I brought the left-overs home and fed about 12 of those same people for lunch.
This recipe is easily halved and is just as tasty for a more intimate gathering. It's a staple of cajun cooking. For a little variety, add a cup or two of chopped chicken livers when you're browning the raw meat. It's good stuff either way.