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Dirty Rice: Can you keto up dirty rice?

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Dirty Rice

Feeds 4-6

Ingredients

    • 2 tbsp bacon grease
    • 1 small/medium onion (chopped)
    • 1/2 cup celery
    • 1/2 cup green onions
    • 1 green bell pepper (chopped)
    • 1/2 cup parsley
    • 1/2 cup garlic (minced)
    • 1.5 cups white rice
    • 3 cups chicken broth
    • 1/2 pound chicken liver (or beef liver) chopped
    • 1/2 pound ground pork (or beef)
    • 1/2 pound Country Boy andouille sausage See Note 1
    • Dan Pastorini Garlic and Herb
    • Gumbo Daddy Cajun Seasoning
    • Jacobsen Chili Salt
    • Freshly chopped Rosemary, Oregano, Thyme.

Directions

    1. Put bacon grease into large pot and heat
    2. Brown chicken livers (or beef liver).
    3. As you are browning add ground pork (or beef) and andouille sausage.
    4. Add onion and garlic and sauté for 2-3 minutes. You can drain the meat of grease at this point if you like, but Nonna never does!
    5. Add green onions, celery, bell pepper, parsley and mix.
    6. Add seasonings (Gumbo Daddy’s Cajun seasonings, Jacobsen Chili Salt, DP’s Garlic and Herb Seasonings). See Note 1
    7. Add white rice and sauté for 2-3 minutes. Basically, let the rice absorb the meat juices some.
    8. Add 3 cups chicken broth and bring to a boil.
    9. Once boiling reduce heat to a simmer and cover. Check at 25 minutes and every 5-10 minutes after that. Nonna’s declared her dirty rice ready at 30 minutes. Make sure the broth is absorbed by the rice and that rice is tender.

    Cauliflower

    1. Follow steps 1-6 above. Remember you won’t need as much seasonings as you do for regular white rice. Also, make sure the meat is mostly cooked before adding cauliflower as you won’t cook everything as long using the cauliflower.
    2. Before or while meat is browning, run through 1-2 cauliflower heads through a food processor to finely chop it. You could also just grate it with a cheese grater.
    3. Upon completion of step 6 above, add cauliflower to the pot.
    4. Stir almost continually for 10 minutes or so over a medium heat. Taste the cauliflower. If it is a texture you like, call it done! In other words sauté until “It is done.”

    Note 1: Nonna used beef liver instead of chicken liver because the grocery store was out of chicken livers. Rumor has it that it is the liver that makes the rice dirty. All I know for sure is Dirty Rice was one of my favorite meals growing up!

    Note 2: As always Nonna used her favorite cajun spices. As she said, however, you can swap the seasonings up some. Hot sauce, Tony Chachere’s, salt and pepper, cayenne pepper, paprika, cumin, or any cajun spice mix from your local spice shop!

    Note 3: If you are making the keto version, you may want to use 2 cauliflower heads. As Nonna note, her mix could have used a little less meat and a little more cauliflower. Also, remember the cauliflower version doesn’t need as much spicing!

Boudain: from Scratch

In this video, Nonna made delicious Cajun Boudain (Sausage). It is fairly easy and wonderful for snacking or a meal. There are many Boudain Seasoning Packets out there, but she just winged it with my favorite spices.

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Baked Whole Alligator

This is Nonna’s craziest recipe yet! She made a unique injection butter sauce and olive oil marinade then baked the whole alligator.  If you want to surprise your party guests with an absolutely unique and delicious meal, this is the recipe for you! This pairs well with Nonna’s Strawberry Moonshine.

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Shrimp, Tasso, and Grits

Nonna made Gumbo Daddy’s Shrimp, Tasso, and Grits breakfast. It is simple, easy, and delicious. It is a great start to any day!

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Nonna’s Jambalaya

Nonna’s Jambalaya is very versatile. You can change the recipe, use the cajun spices you like best, add more or less meats, different color bell peppers, mix in vegetables such as green onions or mushrooms, or even swap out the onion for some shallots! Additionally, Nonna prepares the white rice simply, but effectively. Nonna’s No Fuss Jambalaya is delicious!

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Gumbo Daddy’s Sausage & Red Gravy

Gumbo Daddy Seasoning provided the basis for today’s recipe. Nonna cooked Gumbo Daddy’s sausage & red gravy and poured it over a delicious frittata! Check out this saucy breakfast, you won’t regret it!

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Red Beans & Rice

Episode 1: APPLIANCE WARS (R2D2 (Instant pot) vs Cooking Pot)
Nonna made Red Beans & Rice in both the instant pot (AKA R2D2) and via the open burner in a traditional cooking pot. Watch the video to see the results! Nonna, as always, used her favorite spices and leftovers from previous cooking endeavors. Specially, she saved the ham bone from Easter Dinner and used that to add flavor to this meal.

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Crawfish Étouffée

Nonna Snowden cooks Crawfish Étouffée using crawfish tails, onion, and garlic from her crawfish boil a few week ago. She started with a blond roux, added her favorite spices, and some traditional vegetables to complete this Cajun/Southern dish. For those who want a low carb dish, Nonna shows you how to cook cauliflower rice.

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