Italian Sausage Dirty Rice

Italian Sausage Dirty Rice Recipe by Momma Cuisine

Dirty Rice is a southern dish, most particularly popular and coming from Cajun and Creole country. My version of dirty rice uses Italian sausage, out of it's casing, instead of chopped liver and ground pork. Other southern style rice dishes include Jambalaya and Red Beans & Rice, which have similar cooking methods to Dirty Rice.

"Dirty" in the rice, like many of you may have already assumed comes from it's deep earthy color, that the rice gets from sauteing chopped liver and ground pork. Certainly, the traditional ingredients make for the best Dirty Rice recipe, but for those who may be scared of chopped liver, this version of Italian Sausage Dirty Rice may be perfect for you.

Rice recipes are usually affordable, with the exception of Paella that uses the expensive ingredient, Saffron. On it's own, rice can lack in flavor, fun or pizzaz, but when mixed with other ingredients, it can become the stand out on your dinner table!    

This recipe is better with day old white rice. If you don’t have day old rice, make sure to cool your rice on a cookie sheet, uncovered so that it won’t be starchy.                                                 

  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1/2 medium Red Onion – diced
  • 1/2 medium Green Bell Pepper – diced
  • 1 rib Celery – diced
  • 2 cloves of Fresh Garlic – minced
  • 1 tablespoon of Cajun Seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon of Seasoned Salt
  • 1 lb of Mild or Hot Italian Sausage – out of the casing
  • 2.5 cups of cooked Long Grain Rice
  • 2 tablespoons of Chicken Stock or Water

Heat a large non-stick saute pan to medium heat with olive oil.

Brown the sausage, breaking the pieces apart with your wooden spoon. After browning, set the sausage aside.

In the same pan, saute the onions, garlic, green bell peppers and celery until tender. Add the seasoned salt and Cajun Spice mix and saute for about 2 minutes.

Add the cooked white rice and toss together. Pour in the water and scrape the bottom of the pan of the brown bits.

Toss together until the rice is hot and serve.

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Ginger Mahler
Jun 22, 2017 at 15:50:47
Dirty rice with sausage
Dec 17, 2017 at 01:27:59
This was very good! We did find it too salty for our taste but I think decreasing the season salt next time will do the trick.