This recipe is so easy and absolutely perfect for the Pampered Chef rice cooker. Just put all of the ingredients in the rice cooker, put it in the microwave and set the timer and forget it. Then, just stir up the gravy and you have a wonderful cajun themed side dish that goes great with most any cajun style meat dish. I hope you like this as much as we do!
Heat olive oil in heavy skillet. When olive oil is hot, add onions and andouille sausage. Saute until onions are transparent and sausage is browned. Set aside.
In Pampered Chef rice cooker, add chicken broth. Stir in rice and seasonings. Add onions and sausage, stir well. Place cover on rice cooker and microwave on high for 20 minutes.
Remove cooker from microwave and remove cover. Add a small amount of butter, if desired and fluff with fork, making sure all liquid is absorbed and rice is tender. You may cover and return to microwave for about 5 more minutes if necessary. Serve with Cajun Spiced Gravy (directions to follow).
CAJUN SPICED GRAVY: Melt butter in heavy saucepan. When butter is melted, whisk in flour until well blended. Combine broth, milk and seasonings and slowly whisk into butter mixture. Bring to a boil on medium heat, stirring constantly and cook until thickened. If gravy seems too thin, mix about a tablespoon of flour with a little milk to make a thin paste and whisk in a little at a time until desired thickness is reached. If mixture seems too thick, you may add a little more milk. Remove from heat and transfer to serving dish to serve with dirty rice.
SPECIAL NOTE: This rice dish can be made on top of the stove in a heavy saucepan, but reduce the broth from three cups to two cups. In my experience, the Pampered Chef cooker requires more liquid than the stove top.