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dirty-rice

Dirty rice

Dirty rice is a traditional Cajun dish made from white rice cooked with small pieces of chicken liver or giblets, which give it a dark ("dirty") color and a mild but distinctive flavour. Similar to a pilaf, it also includes green bell pepper, celery and onion (the "holy trinity"). Parsley and/or chopped green onions are common garnishes. Dirty rice is most common in the Cajun regions of southern Louisiana and Mississippi; however, it can also be found in other areas of the American South.

In restaurants

Zatarain's offers dirty rice as one of its boxed dinners. This rice does not have pieces of chicken liver in it and uses soy sauce to achieve the desired color. Zatarain's suggests a blend of ground beef, sausage, and finely chopped chicken giblets for a more robust flavor.

Bojangles' Cajun Fried Chicken restaurants serve dirty rice as a side dish. The rice has sausage in it, which is also in their gravy.

For many years, dirty rice has been an offering on the menu of the New Orleans-themed Popeye's Fried Chicken restaurants; however, recent years have seen the chain change the name of the dish to "Cajun rice," desiring perhaps to avoid connotations of uncleanliness on the product's part.

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