Final step, put in the oven (still no oven here at the casa, so had to use the trusty old roaster) and bake for about 25-35 minutes at 375, making sure the cheese has a nice golden brown look around the edges and bubbly.
(Note – since oven temps may vary just make sure to keep an eye on it from time to time.)
Take out and let cool for about 10 minutes before serving.
Sides – Mini ears of corn, French style green beans, black-eyed peas, mixed greens, Ranch style beans, or no sides. It’s that good by itself.
If a little spicy is not your thing, then you could substitute the dirty rice with brown rice or something similar in fashion and/or leave out the additional spices. Also, since my crew doesn’t like onions (and I do) the majority won out so I left those off the list of ingredients, but IF I had “control of the cards” they would have been finely chopped and sautéed then added to the dirty rice/meat pot and combined with the rest of the mix. Sneaky as I am and as you read above, I did sneak in a little of that onion powder.
But the main thing … they ate it up and loved it, which will always bring a big smile to the cook’s face!
It's a lot of fun to make and to eat. I think you will enjoy this recipe, especially when the weather is a little nippy outside!