I was looking for more things to do with the shallots that my Aunt had sent me a few weeks ago. Hubby had some ideas, having grown up using shallots in Cajun rice down in Louisiana. This was my attempt to combine his verbal accounts with a copycat recipe for Popeye’s Cajun rice (aka dirty rice).
I started off with a stalk of celery.
And diced it up pretty finely.
Then I did the same with a green bell pepper.
Next, I turned to the shallots.
And diced a couple of those babies up, too.
Finally, I used a few cloves of my Aunt’s homegrown garlic.
With all that prepped, I started browning a pound (or maybe a pound and a half) of ground beef.
Then I added my diced celery and green pepper.
Finally, I added the garlic and shallots.
When it was done, I drained the grease and added some long-grain rice.
And then water, of course.
Along with some seasoning.
A little bit of Cajun seasoning…
And a little bit of cayenne.
Then I put the lid on and let it simmer for a while.
When it was done, I fluffed the rice and gave it a taste. It was a little bland, so I added some Tony’s creole seasoning. I didn’t use it before because it’s so salty, but at this point I decided it could use the extra flavoring.
All mixed in, this is what it looked like.
In the end, it could have used more seasoning. I had been real careful not to overdo it because I’ve ruined food by using too much creole seasoning, but I really should have dialed it up a notch. Other than that, though, not bad. A good first attempt at dirty rice!