I really enjoy food that has a little kick to it, so I was excited when I was asked to try out Zatarain’s gluten-free recipe for Mardi Gras Dirty Rice using – you guessed it – Zatarain’s Dirty Rice Mix. I was even more excited when I checked out the recipe and saw how easy it would be to make.
I started out by slicing thin strips of yellow and red peppers and heated them in a large frying pan with a little oil. Once they were finished, I took them out of the pan and tossed in my thin sausage slices. When they were ready, it was time to toss in some water and the Dirty Rice Mix. All it had to do was simmer for 20 minutes and I’d be on my way to a delicious dinner.
I hit a little roadblock once I came to the “cover and simmer” part of the recipe. I realized a bit too late that I accidentally used my frying pan that doesn’t have a lid. I had to make a quick switch to a different frying pan,then quickly put it back on the stove, turned the heat down, and waited my 20 minutes for it to be ready.
I was pretty happy with the final result (Actually, this is an understatement. I’m just starting to experiment in the kitchen and was so excited with how it turned out that I was compelled to send a picture to my Mom). The recipe called for a pound of pork sausage, but I happened to have Al Fresco Roasted Pepper & Asiago gluten-free chicken sausage in the freezer, so I used that instead. The package of sausage was 4 ounces shy of a pound, but I figured it was close enough. Once the recipe was finished, I thought it could have had less sausage, so if you don’t like a piece of sausage in every bite, I would recommend using a little less. The Roasted Pepper & Asiago flavor added even more of a kick to the recipe; it complemented the Dirty Rice Mix really well.
Other than using the chicken sausage instead of the pork, I followed the recipe exactly. It only called for the red and yellow peppers, sausage and Dirty Rice Mix, but next time I think I’ll add more veggies like broccoli, onions, and maybe some thinly sliced or diced carrots. Zatarain’s recommended using lettuce leaves and making this into a wrap, which sounds like a fantastic idea to me. You could easily make this a vegetarian dish and serve as a side as well.
I highly recommend giving Zatarain’s Dirty Rice Mix a try. There are a lot of recipe options you can try out using the rice mix. Just visit Zatarain’s Gluten-Free Recipe Box online for some inspiration.