Side Dish Confession (Recipe: Quick and Dirty Rice)

I have a confession to make. Let me tell ‘ya…if I didn’t get kicked out of the food blogging world for the post about blogging success that I wrote yesterday, I’m sure this revelation will be what does it. I have a very, very difficult time with side dishes for our family dinners. In fact, Knorr, Uncle Ben, Betty Crocker…if we are going to have a side in addition to fresh fruit, veggies and salad or some kind of potato, it comes from them. Flavored noodles, rice mixes, etc. from those little packages are sometimes what saves my dinners when I need a little more substance on the table.

Then, to make things more confusing, I come across this recipe for Dirty Rice over on one of my favorite blogs, Karen Bove’s Our Life in the Kitchen. Dirty rice is like a side dish, but it has the meat in it, so is it a side dish or a main course or what? I’m so confused!

We used it as a main dish and served it with a salad and fresh fruit. I also set out some tortillas on the table, which I am pretty sure is not what dirty rice was intended for, but it made for some really tasty tortilla filling!

If you feel like taking pity on me and giving me some good ideas for side dishes with dinner, I’d certainly appreciate it. Otherwise, you can find me over on ousted food bloggers island. I’ll be the one with the boxed mixes.

Recipe: Quick and Dirty Rice (Adapted from Karen Bove’s Our Life in the Kitchen)

  • 1 pound Ground Beef
  • 1 Yellow Onion
  • 2 Ribs celery, sliced
  • 1 medium yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can Bush’s Black Beans
  • 3 teaspoons Creole seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon Thyme
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 2 cups Rice
  • 5 cups Beef Stock

  1. Heat a stock pot over medium-high heat and add the beef.  Cook it, until brown.
  2. Stir in the vegetables and cook until tender.
  3. Stir in the creole seasoning, thyme and bay leaves.
  4. Add the black beans then stir in the rice.
  5. Add the broth and bring it to a simmer.  Reduce the heat to low, cover and cook undisturbed until the rice is done, about 25 minutes.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

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  1. says

    This rice looks absolutely so appealing! I can eat a big bowl full of this no matter it is a main or side dish. I love that you used beef stock instead of water, it gives a perfect flavor to rice. As a side dish, I generally make pilaf with rice or bulgur(pounded wheat) with various ingredients. And this dirty rice will be a great change for me.

  2. says

    I totally struggle with side dishes. Almost every night. And yes, I too have many packaged ideas in the cupboards. (and I rely on frozen veggies a lot!) This rice sounds amazing, though – I’m pretty sure I could eat it as the main dish!

  3. mike cooney says

    I am a pig…. dirty rice is really more a side . In the cajun world, cajun seasoned grilled chicken breast cut into halves goes well with green beans and garlic toast. my favorite though is a white meat / blackened and grilled seafood…mahi/ grouper/ take your pick…. even grilled shrimp with pineapple chunks is great. Again green beans of any variety is good on the side. what you have leftover from the dirty rice can be sauted in the morning and served with fried eggs………. as i said, i am a pig.


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