Dirty Rice
Posted on: January 24, 2018

Dirty Rice
Serves 4 to 6

4 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound ground beef
Salt and black pepper
2 sprigs rosemary, chopped
2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
2 tablespoons chopped garlic
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 large green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
8 white button mushrooms, sliced
½ large white onion, chopped
2 large tomatoes, chopped
1 (8-ounce) box seasoned


Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium
heat. Place the ground beef in the pan and fry it up, adding the salt
and pepper, rosemary, thyme, basil, and garlic as the meat cooks.
Melt the butter in a medium sauté pan over medium heat. Add the
green pepper, mushrooms, and onion and cook until they are almost
transparent, about 7 minutes. Add the tomatoes last because they
cook the fastest and you want it all to be done at the same time
and consistency. Salt and pepper to your liking. Add the vegetable
mixture to the meat mixture and let them sit in each other’s juices
while you prepare the rice.
In a large saucepan, bring 1 cup of water and the remaining 2 tablespoons
of olive oil and salt to a boil over medium heat. Add the rice
mixture and cook for about 8 minutes, or until partially cooked. The
water will not be entirely absorbed and the rice will not be plump.
You want the rice to start to absorb the water before you continue
with the recipe. When the rice has partially cooked, add the meat
and vegetable mixture to it. Let them finish cooking together, stirring
constantly, for about 15 minutes. You may want to let the rice
sit for a few minutes, unless there is someone at your table you’d
like to see burn the top of their mouth!


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