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Dirty rice

At first glance, it looks like a roast turkey on steroids. Slice into it and there's layer after layer of meats and stuffings. It's a glorious monster of a roast, a guaranteed showstopper at any holiday dinner. Forget Dickens' prized ... Read more

Total time: About 1 hour, plus chilling time | Makes 4 to 5 cups
Note: Adapted from "Chef Paul Prudhomme's Louisiana Kitchen."
  • 2 teaspoons ground red pepper (preferably cayenne)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dry ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 pound chicken gizzards, ground
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onions
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped green bell peppers
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/3 pound chicken livers, ground
  • 3/4 cup uncooked converted rice

Step 1In a small bowl, combine the ground red pepper, salt, black pepper, paprika, mustard, cumin, thyme and oregano to form a seasoning mix. Set aside.

Step 2In a large, heavy-bottom skillet heated over high heat, combine the vegetable oil, chicken gizzards, ground pork and bay leaves. Cook until the meat is thoroughly browned, stirring frequently, about 6 minutes.

Step 3Stir in the seasoning mix, then add the onions, celery, bell peppers and garlic; stir thoroughly, scraping pan bottom well. Add the butter and stir until melted. Reduce heat to medium and cook about 8 minutes to allow the flavors to marry, stirring constantly and scraping pan bottom well.

Step 4Add the broth and stir until any mixture sticking to the pan bottom comes loose; cook about 8 minutes over high heat, stirring once. Then stir in the chicken livers and cook about 2 minutes.

Step 5Add the rice and stir thoroughly; cover pan, turn heat to very low and cook 5 minutes. Remove from heat and leave covered until the rice is tender, about 10 minutes. (The rice is finished this way so as not to overcook the livers and to preserve their delicate flavor.)

Step 6Remove bay leaves and serve immediately, or place in a baking dish, cover and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled before stuffing.

Each one-half cup serving:
179 calories; 11 grams protein; 14 grams carbohydrates; 1 gram fiber; 9 grams fat; 3 grams saturated fat; 120 mg. cholesterol; 1 gram sugar; 465 mg. sodium.
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