Mardi Gras is coming soon and even though I can’t celebrate at the parade it is still fun to have some of that great Mardi Gras food. I love dirty rice, but I am not fond of chicken livers, so I have come up with my own favorite recipe for Not So Dirty Rice. For my dirty rice I leave out the livers, and mix up my own version of andouille sausage using ground turkey. It’s not straight from the bayou but still a great meal for your own Mardi Gras celebration.
1. Wash your hands.
2. For this recipe you will need measuring cups, a knife and cutting board, a mixing spoon, a large bowl, a soup pot or extra large sauté pan, a sauce pan with a lid and the stove.
If you are not allowed to use a knife or stove by yourself, you can ask an adult for help.
ChefElla’s Not So Dirty Rice (6-8 servings)
2 Cup Long Grain Rice (I used brown jasmine rice for my recipe)
4 Cups Chicken Stock or Broth, Low Sodium
-You may need to adjust the amount depending on the cooking instructions of your rice.
1 Cup Onion, Red or White, Small Dice (about 1 medium onion)
½ Cup Green Pepper, Small Dice (about ½ of a pepper)
½ Cup Celery, Small Dice (about 2-3 stalks)
2 tsp Garlic, Minced (2 cloves)
1 tsp Salt, Kosher or Sea
2 Tbl. Vegetable Oil
16-20 oz. Turkey, Ground
8 oz. Crimini Mushrooms, Chopped Fine (Remove the stems and fine chop with a knife or chop in a food processor) (Crimini Mushrooms can also be known as baby bella)
2 tsp. Tabasco or other hot sauce (You can add more if you like your food spicy.)
1 tsp Salt, Kosher or Sea
1 ½ tsp Garlic, Granulated
2 tsp Kitchen Bouquet or other browning liquid (I use Kitchen Bouquet because it is MSG free)
½ tsp Paprika
¼ tsp Black Pepper
¼ tsp Sage, Dried
¼ tsp Thyme, Dried
NOTE: If you do not want to make your own Andouille Sausage for this recipe you can substitute 16 -20oz. of store bought Andouille for your recipe.
3. Cook your rice following the manufacturer’s directions. You can cook the rice a few days before if you would like.
4. Prepare your vegetables and set aside.
5. In a large bowl mix all of the turkey andouille ingredients. Mix until all of the ingredients are incorporated into the meat.
6. Heat your soup pot or large sauté pan on medium high heat. Add the vegetable oil and turkey andouille to the pan. Cook the turkey andouille for 4-6 minutes mixing and breaking the meat into small pieces as it cooks. When the turkey meat is no longer pink add the onion, green pepper, celery and garlic to the pan.
7. Cook for another 4-5 minutes stirring occasionally. Turn the heat to medium and add the cooked rice to the pot.
8. Cook for 3-4 minutes. Fold the rice into the meat and vegetables while cooking so that all of the ingredients mix well and everything gets hot. Fold the ingredients so that the rice does not turn into mush from over mixing.
9. Turn the heat to low to keep the Not So Dirty Rice warm until you are ready to serve.
Garnish the Not So Dirty Rice with your sliced green onions. Serve your Not So Dirty Rice as a meal with roasted vegetables or serve it as a side with blackened fish or chicken.
ChefElla’s helpers can help by:
Measuring the ingredients
Washing the vegetables
Mixing the Andouille
Adding the ingredients to the pan
Older helpers can help by:
Helping prepare the vegetables
Cooking the Not So Dirty Rice