Dirty Rice

Dirty Rice

Servings 8-10

When I was growing up in Seattle there was one very memorable snowstorm that trapped us at school until the roads could be clear for the school buses.  By the time my brother and I trudged through the snow to our door we were famished.  Then as we walked in the door we were greeted by the welcoming aroma of sauted onions, sausage, and tomatoes.  My Dad had made his dirty rice.  I swear it can never taste as good as that night but dirty rice will always be a comfort food for me and a very affordable meal that I can fall back on.

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 entire (14 ounce) turkey kielbasa, sliced

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1/4 teaspoon cayenne

3 tablespoons minced pasilla pepper

1 medium-sized green bell pepper, diced

2 tablespoons minced garlic

1 cup tomato sauce

1 (2.25 ounce) can sliced black olives

3/4 cup sliced mixed olives

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon cumin

4 cups cooked rice

1/4 cup green salsa

salt and freshly ground pepper

1/2 cup minced cilantro.

In a large (at least 2 inch deep) fry pan over medium-high heat, add olive oil and then sliced kiebasa.  Brown kielbasa for 5 minutes and add red pepper flakes and cayenne.  Next add pasilla pepper, bell pepper, and minced garlic and cook an additional 2 minutes.  Add tomato sauce, olives, onion powder, and cumin and simmer for 6 to 8 minutes.  After sauce has thickened and green pepper has softened, stir in rice and green salsa.  Season to taste with salt and pepper and finish by stirring in fresh minced cilantro.  Enjoy!


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