Sunday, November 16, 2008

I'm growing wild

I have a special place in my heart and stomach for cajun food. I love the spices, I love the flavors. One of my cajun loves is dirty rice - rice cooked with livers and spices. There are those who aren't huge liver fans, but chopped liver has always been a favorite holiday treat of mine. My mother has a recipe that one day she will pass down to me - along with her meat grinder which only makes it's appearance in order to process the livers.

Traditionally dirty rice is made by cooking the rice with the livers. I make mine separately though, so I can have leftover "clean" rice to use later in the week.

Dirty Rice
  • 1 pkg chicken livers
  • 1 1/2 onions, chopped
  • 1 cube chicken bouillon
  • 1/2 green pepper, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp canola oil
  • 5 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon salsa
  • 1/2 cup uncooked rice
  • 1/3 cup flour

  1. Place livers, bouillon, and 1/2 onion in saucepan and cover with 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook for an hour.
  3. During the last 20 minutes, prepare the rice. Heat canola oil and cook remaining onion and the bell pepper until onions are translucent.
  4. Add tomato suace, salsa, rice, and 5 oz of water. Bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce heat to low, cover and cook 18 minutes.
  6. Combine flour and 1/4 cup water and stir together. When livers are done cooking, add the flour mixture and stir. Cook on medium heat for 2 minutes, or until sauce thickens.
  7. Combine livers and rice.
Serves 4.
Each serving has:
Calories 194.1
Total Fat 7.8 g
Cholesterol 27.6 mg
Sodium 256.4 mg
Potassium 262.3 mg
Total Carbohydrate 26.7 g
Protein 4.7 g


  1. I haven't had liver in awhile. This looks interesting.

  2. Sounds great but can I leave out those livers, they give me quivers.

  3. Some day I'll head to New Orleans and its surroundings and munch down on dirty rice and blackened fish:D

  4. don't smack me, but cajun food is at the very bottom of my list :/

  5. i can't say i'm a huge liver fan, but this looks yummy.