Elsie's Eggplant Dirty Rice Recipe

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Elsie's Eggplant Dirty Rice

Brenda Forbes

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@BrnJune

My Mother was Cajun so our family called this "dirty rice" even though it is not the traditional recipe. My Mother, Elsie Forbes, made this often and we all LOVED it. My mother passed away in 1988 but having her recipe, I tried many times to duplicate it; but it never tasted the same. Finally tonight (25 years later) I was able to make it as good as my Mama's! (I did not take a photo but will do so another time.)

The amount of onions and other seasonings are "to taste". I lightly added black pepper when I added the meat, when adding the eggplant, and at the end with the other spices.


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Serves:

4

Prep:

10 Min

Cook:

50 Min

Method:

Stove Top

Ingredients

1 large
eggplant, peeled, cut in approx. 1/2" pieces
1 lb
ground beef (or turkey)
1 large
yellow onion, diced
3/4 c
rice, uncooked
2-3 clove
garlic, chopped
salt & black pepper, to taste
2-3 Tbsp
olive oil (or canola oil)
1/8 - 1/4 tsp
cayenne pepper, ground

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Start rice cooking in a small sauce pan.
2
While the rice is cooking, on medium to medium high temperature, in a medium sized (10-12") cast iron skillet place oil. When the oil is heated (not smoking), add chopped onion and saute. After the onions are slightly cooked, reduce heat to medium and add ground beef (or turkey) to cook. Do not over-stir.
3
Chop the eggplant into approximately 1/2" size pieces and add to meat when it is about three-fourths of the way cooked. Cover mixture and let it continue cooking on medium heat until the eggplant is tender. Again, do not over-stir.
4
When the rice is cooked, stir in approximately 2 cups of the cooked rice to the eggplant and meat mixture. Add chopped/crushed garlic, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Cover and continue cooking on LOW heat for approximately 10-15 minutes to allow flavors to blend.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Beef, Rice Sides, Casseroles
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Dairy Free
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Heirloom