Don’t ask how or why a partially used bottle of beet juice came to occupy space in the refrigerator of someone who isn’t particularly enamored with beets. Unwilling to let [good] food go to waste, I pondered ways to use the beet juice.
Beets have been said, by some who detest the vegetable, to taste like dirt. Contemplation of the word “dirt” brought to mind the dish Dirty Rice. I have never experienced Dirty Rice, in fact, I had to look it up just to get an idea of what it is. My twisted logic led me to consider that one way to make rice dirty would be to cook it with something that tastes like dirt.
I cooked the rice using beet juice for the liquid.
Andouille isn’t my thing, and neither is chicken liver, so I sautéed Tofurky brand Italian sausage and mushrooms.
To the sautéed sausage and mushrooms I added onions, garlic, green pepper, celery and a small roasted and peeled poblano pepper.
I added some Cajun seasoning which Faye had put together.
I then mixed in the rice which had been cooked in beet juice.
Further cogitation on the word “dirty” brought to mind Limburger cheese, which is said to smell like dirty feet. The logical conclusion was that to make this dish truly dirty it must be topped, in Au Gratin fashion, with Limburger cheese and bread crumbs.
My attention diverted to other matters when I momentarily left the kitchen with the broiler set on high.
Obviously, what I have done here isn’t an authentic representation of Dirty Rice, but it was delicious nonetheless despite being slightly charred. Hey, what’s dirtier than char and ashes?