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.
- 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
- Heat a stock pot over medium-high heat and add the beef. Cook it, until brown.
- Stir in the vegetables and cook until tender.
- Stir in the creole seasoning, thyme and bay leaves.
- Add the black beans then stir in the rice.
- 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.
- Serve and enjoy!