Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Creole Seasoning for Dirty Rice and more

My family (politely) complains that my cooking can be a wee bit bland. They're right. I haven't mastered the fine art of spices and seasoning. When I found a Gumbo recipe that had a Creole Seasoning recipe on the side, I ripped the page out of the magazine and made the seasoning right away. Honestly, I admit it; I made the seasoning the next morning. That's still a fairly quick turnaround, isn't it?

The other issue is this: our latest dietary guidelines. On our doctor's advice, we're cutting carbs down to a very tiny portion of our daily eating. Since instant white rice is not so good for either of us. I went searching for an alternative to our favorite boxed dirty rice mix. Using the new seasoning and a bag of long grain brown rice, I came up with this Dirty Rice.

Creole Seasoning Ingredients:
2 1/2 Tablespoons paprika
2 Tablespoons salt
2 Tablespoons garlic powder
1 Tablespoon black pepper
1 Tablespoon onion powder
1 Tablespoon cayenne pepper
1 Tablespoon dried oregano
1 Tablespoon dried thyme

Combine all ingredients thoroughly. Store in a tightly covered jar. Yields 2/3 cup.

Daisy's Dirty Rice

1 pound lean ground beef or ground chuck

1/4 cup each: green pepper, red onion, celery

1 cup cooked brown rice (check this out; it takes a while to cook)

Brown ground beef with pepper, onion, and celery. Drain and rinse in colander. Add rice and beef mix to skillet along with 2 Tablespoons Creole Seasoning Mix and 1 cup water. Simmer until heated through and excess water has evaporated. Serve with fruit or a salad on the side.

The verdict: delicious. La Petite and Chuck (formerly known as Husband) added green tabasco sauce to theirs, but they pronounced it a success. I don't think they knew the rice was healthier than our usual brand; I didn't tell them!

Creole Seasoning from a Gumbo recipe in the Braille Monitor, July 2009 edition. I'll try the gumbo and pass it on if it works!


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Blogger Earth Muffin said...

Sounds great! Thanks for sharing.

7/28/2009 7:30 AM  
Blogger Cajoh said...

I have always heard of dirty rice, but now I know how to make it.

I have a feature post called Fridays' Feast. This next week I am letting people submit anything food related. This would be a great recipe submission. Let me know if you want to link up.

7/28/2009 8:15 AM  
Blogger Flea said...

I like "Chuck". And love dirty rice. Thanks for the recipe! I tend to use Tony Chachere's seasoning. And we loooove brown rice. Mmm. Basmati is good, too.

7/28/2009 12:56 PM  
Blogger Momisodes said...

What a clever way to spice up brown rice. I know my family would love this, and I have all the ingredients in house, too.

7/28/2009 9:52 PM  
Blogger MUD said...

Some time try to make wild rice and use it for a salad. We make on with chicken, grapes, water chestnuts, scallions and a red wine and mayonaise dressing. Right before it is served we throw on some cashews. MUD

7/29/2009 10:29 AM  
Blogger mindelei said...

Nigel & I will have to give it a try. We also use Tony Chachere's seasoning for a lot of things. I even like it on my popcorn instead of salt!

6/24/2010 7:59 PM  
Blogger Brian said...

What a great and easy recipe for Dirty Rice. For a very low salt content in creole seasoning, we use Papa Paul's Seasoning. Thanks!

6/16/2011 5:01 PM  

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