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Breakfast Sausage for Dinner! a.k.a Dirty Rice (13 QView)

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by princess, Sep 20, 2010.

  1. princess

    princess Smoking Fanatic

    So you've made yourself a whole ton of breakfast links and you're wondering: WHAT THE HECK DO I DO WITH THEM?!?  [​IMG]  Well, if you're like me, you eat them for dinner with an easy batch of Dirty Rice.  The pics below show me using some chopped up links, but you can do the exact same recipie with loose breakfast sausage.

    The only equipment that you might want (it really helps) is a good sized nonstick electric skillet. If you have one, you can mostly walk away from this and let it do most of the work. I use mine all the time. Got it at Target for $30 and the pan itself can go right into the dishwasher. The recipie below makes a great side for a crowd, especially if you are using the rest of the kitchen for other stuff (i.e. Thanksgiving dinner)

    Princess' Dirty Rice - Serves 20 as a side, 12 as a main dish

    Start to finish in 65 minutes.

    3 lb pork sausage links, chopped

    1 medium-large onion, diced

    4 stalks celery, diced

    1 large green pepper, seeded and diced

    4 cans low sodium beef broth (save the cans!)

    4 "cans" of real medium grain white rice (no Minute rice!!) a small bag will do

    a shake or two of salt

    1/2 TB fresh ground black pepper (or more, if you like)

    1/2 TB red pepper (or more, if you like)

    1 tsp ground thyme

    1/2 TB oregano

    1 TB dried mustard

    1 TB cumin

    Serve with shredded cheese & cornbread

    First up, chop your links and drop them into the electric skillet at 350.  While you are browning your links, you can do all the other chopping and measuring.

    I like them good and brown.


    It is okay to throw all your veggies and seasonings into one bowl as you prep them. You're going to dump them all in at the same time.


    Pour the seasonings and veggies in on top of the sausage.


    Give it a bit of a stir and let those veggies sweat for just a minute or two while you carefully open all four cans of beef broth, all the way. Add the broth to the skillet. You will be using the cans themselves to measure rice and water, so don't throw them away just yet.


    Measure our four cans of rice. You got REAL rice, right? No Minute Rice allowed here!!


    Add those cans of rice in. The skillet is starting to look real full by now...


    Add in four cans of water. If your skillet is too small to get it all in, you may have to wait for it to cook down some before adding in the last can or two. My skillet *just* barely fits all four. Give it a stir... then walk away. Go clean your kitchen. Go cook something else. Read the paper. You're not coming back for at least 30 minutes...

    That's a full skillet...


    After thirty minutes, come back to it and take a peek. Give it a stir. It should be smelling very very good and the rice should start doing that magic absorption thing that REAL rice does.


    Go do something else for another fifteen minutes. Set the table. Kiss your spouse.

    At 45 minutes, it should definately start to thicken up. You want to hang out near the skillet now, giving a stir every so often so that it doesn't stick to the bottom. You also want to get the moisture redistributed.


    You can see a real change begin to occur over the next few minutes. The pic below was taken just five minutes after the one above it. Much thicker.


    At fifty-five minutes, it also is a good idea to check for doneness. We know our sausage is cooked, but let's look for liquid. When cooking rice with a lid off, the best thing I have found is to stir it real good, then push and look for juice. See juice? Keep cooking.


    Sixty minutes is just about perfect, timing wise.

    Little to no juice? Cool. Give it a taste test: is the rice tender? You're done cooking.


    Toss it into a bowl, top with cheese if you like (I have a nice dusting of white cheddar here) and enjoy!!


    Let me know if you try it and what you think?


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  2. richoso1

    richoso1 Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Great post, and excellent follow through on the pics. Thanks for sharing one of my fav dishes. It's all good my friend.
  3. princess

    princess Smoking Fanatic

    Thx for the compliment, Richoso! I love that I can play with the seasonings to suit my guests: hotter for the Husband, lighter for the In-Laws. I should also mention it tastes better (to me, anyway) if I overnight it in the fridge and reheat it the next day. Mmm.
  4. meateater

    meateater Legendary Pitmaster SMF Premier Member

    I love dirty rice or any rice for that matter. That looks great. [​IMG]
  5. pandemonium

    pandemonium Master of the Pit

    [​IMG]Great qview and recipe!!!! Thanks for sharing it
  6. mythmaster

    mythmaster Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Yummy!  Thanks, Princess
  7. scarbelly

    scarbelly Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    Princess, this dish is screaming for you to go buy a plow disc wok so you have more room - Great post and I wish you would feed me!!
  8. rdknb

    rdknb Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    that look great, book marked that one for fruture making
  9. princess

    princess Smoking Fanatic

    I don't know how I missed all the comments, but THANK YOU for looking, guys!!

    Hey Scarbelly - What the heck is a Plow Disc Wok? (and darlin' any time you show up in Indy, you lemme know... I'd feed ya!)

    This is the one dish my family starts demanding around the holiday season. Thanksgiving, Christmas, Super Bowl... ;)


  10. scarbelly

    scarbelly Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    Here ya go

  11. where are the chicken livers???   [​IMG]
  12. princess

    princess Smoking Fanatic

    ::nose wrinkle::

    I LOVE chicken livers and would never hide them in Drrty Rice!! Carefully sauteed in clarified butter with carmalized onions and sherry? Mmmm... THAT'S where they are! :) LOL!
  13. scarbelly

    scarbelly Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    You calling my rice dirty [​IMG]

  14. Great recipe. Thanks for sharing it.