Monday, November 27, 2006

Kinda Dirty Rice

I'm not too sure what Dirty Rice is exactly. I know it has sausage and other animal bits in it as well as cayenne. This is my new version of it. I found these "sausages" at whole foods the other week in the tofu/tempeh section and was wondering why there were being stocked there. I thought they were real sausages. Then I read that they were made from legumes, grain and vegetables and I bought them. This was an unusual purchase for me since I usually shy away from items like this. But the ingredients weren't weird at all and I was excited that they said HOT and SPICY on em. So here is my latest version of the recipe.

Kinda Dirty Rice

1 cup uncooked jasmine rice
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 Field Roast Sausage Mexican Chipotle link chopped (about 1/2 cup)
2 Tablespoons olive oil
3/4 cup chopped white onion
1 medium jalapeno, seeded and chopped small
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 small carrot, diced small (approx. 1/2 cup)
2 teaspoons paprika
2 teaspoons cayenne
pinch of red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 15oz can of black beans, drained but not rinsed (or use fresh black beans)

*Cook rice according to whatever rice cooking rules you follow.
*Brown sausage in 1 Tablespoon of olive oil.
*Heat remaining 2 Tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet. Add onion, jalapeno, garlic and carrots and cook until al dente.
*Add paprika, cayenne, red pepper flakes and thyme and cook 1 minute more.
*Add cooked sausage and beans. Cook until heated thru and flavors have a chance to meld a bit. About 10 minutes over medium heat.
*Add cooked rice to the sausage black bean mixture and combine.
*Season with salt and pepper.

This was so good and spicy hot. If you are sensitive to hot spices just reduce the amount of cayenne. Peter and I love spicy food though. Ideally this recipe would have a bell pepper in there somewhere. I was under the impression that I had one in my fridge. I couldn't find it (which doesn't mean it's not there) so I used a carrot instead. The sausages themselves pack quite a punch of heat. The "sausage" was sooooooooo good. Kinda like a seitan sausage. I have 3 of them left and have to think of other recipes to use them in. I can't wait to use the rest of them.


Anonymous said...

i've only heard good things about field roast! i think there was an interview with the guy running the company in the latest herbivore mag but i can't find it at the moment. i try to stay away from "fake meat" stuff like that but what you say sounds really tempting!
i think i'll stop by for a muffin today. we have one of those early lunch breaks at 11.15am...

Anonymous said...

I am usually an enemy of fake meat, but those snausages were good.

Anonymous said...

hi again,
it was so nice to finally meet you today! we should definitely have some coffee soon.
the sandwich and the jam dot were great!

Candi said...

Looks good! I sometimes get nervous about faux meat, like jim teacher seems to, but I've only heard great things about Field Roast!

Oh, that lost pepper will turn up someday. You may not recognize it though! ;)

Anonymous said...

I love all meats. Fake and real.

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