If you are looking for something fun to make for the New Year, this one pot dish doesn’t get much easier and is the perfect cross between comfort and fun! Generally, the younger members of my family prefer the dish without the chicken livers, but I do think they add a layer of textures that is intriguing. If livers are not your thing, the dish is still great without them!
Dirty Rice with Shrimp (Filthy Rice)
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound ground beef
1 pound ground sausage
2 large green peppers, diced
4 celery stalks, diced
1 large yellow onion, diced
1 cup finely chopped chicken livers
1.5 tablespoons garlic powder
1.5 tablespoons Cajun seasoning (if using an unsalted mix, season with salt as desired)
1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
3 cups uncooked white rice
4 cups low sodium chicken stock
1 cup water
1 pound jumbo shrimp
⅓ cup chopped fresh green onion ends
In a large pan or dutch oven, saute the ground beef and sausage in the olive oil over high heat until browned. Add diced peppers, celery, and onion and cook until the vegetables are soft, about 5-8 minutes. Add in the chopped chicken livers, garlic powder, cajun seasoning, thyme and oregano. Cook for 3 more minutes. Add the rice, chicken stock and water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover and let cook for 15 minutes. Remove the cover and gently fold in the shrimp. Cover the pan and cook for an additional 10 minutes or until rice is done and shrimp is cooked through. Remove from the heat and garnish with chopped green onions.
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