The Twisted Logic Of Dirty Gratin Rice

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.

dirty gratin rice

dirty gratin rice

 

Andouille isn’t my thing, and neither is chicken liver, so I sautéed Tofurky brand Italian sausage and mushrooms.

dirty gratin rice

dirty gratin rice

 

To the sautéed sausage and mushrooms I added onions, garlic, green pepper, celery and a small roasted and peeled poblano pepper.

dirty gratin rice

dirty gratin rice

 

I added some Cajun seasoning which Faye had put together.

dirty gratin rice

dirty gratin rice

 

I then mixed in the rice which had been cooked in beet juice.

dirty gratin rice

dirty gratin rice

 

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.

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dirty gratin rice

 

My attention diverted to other matters when I momentarily left the kitchen with the broiler set on high.

dirty gratin rice

 

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?

dirty gratin rice



 


2 thoughts on “The Twisted Logic Of Dirty Gratin Rice

  1. I save the liquid from when I cook beets in the InstantPot, but usually it just marinates for a while on its own in the refrigerator for a week or so, and then I toss it. I always looks so rich, I’m hesitant to dispose of it. It’s like pouring nutrition down the drain. Next time, I’ll just drink it! It’s just water with beet juice drippings, not actual beet juice.

    Virtual hugs,

    Judie

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