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Dirty rice is a Cajun dish that typically consists of rice, ground beef, chopped onions, and green bell peppers. The dish gets its name from the fact that the rice is "dirty" or stained with the beef and vegetables.
Dirty rice has its origins in the rice fields of southwest Louisiana. It was originally a dish made by rice farmers who would use whatever leftover ingredients they had on hand to make a meal. Over time, the dish evolved into the version we know today.
Dirty rice is a staple of Cajun cuisine and can be found on the menus of many restaurants in the region. It is often served as a side dish, but can also be made into a main course by adding seafood or sausage.
When making dirty rice, it is important to use long-grain white rice for the best texture. Before adding the rice to the pot, it is important to rinse it under cold water to remove any excess starch. When cooking the rice, it is important to use a good quality stock or broth to give the rice flavor. To give the rice a smoky flavor, consider adding smoked paprika to the pot while the rice is cooking. Lastly, use a combination of vegetables to give the dish more flavor, such as bell peppers, celery, and onion.
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|black eyed pea|
|all purpose flour|
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|white button mushroom|