August 30, 2009

Cajun Dirty Rice

1 lb. ground pork
1 lb. ground beef
1 large bell pepper
1 medium onion
5 - 6 peeled cloves of garlic
1 or 2 fresh, green cayenne peppers
1 tsp. salt (use to own taste)
1 tsp. red pepper (use to own taste -- balance with fresh pepper above)
2 cans mushroom steak sauce
3-4 cups cooked rice

The Dressing Mix:
Pan fry the ground meat well until all of the meat is well done. Put bell
pepper, onion and garlic into food processor and "nearly" liquify it, then
add this to the meat. The pepper/onion/garlic should sizzle as you stir it
well into the the meat. When the sizzling fades, add the mushroom steak
sauce and a little water and allow the entire dressing mix to simmer for at
least a half hour.

Dirty Rice:
Cooked rice can be added to this mixture and thoroughly stirred. The more
rice you add, the drier and "whiter" the resulting dressing will be. Adding
the right amount of rice will result in a dress that is moist with the rice
appearing very brown ("dirty").

Cornbread Dressing:
Substitute crumbed cornbread for cooked rice.

Save some for later:
Freeze the dressing mix, i.e., before adding rice/cornbread, separately.
When needed, defrost the mix by heating it and add the rice or cornbread.

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