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Bayou Dirty Rice

No recipe image available.This deeply flavored rice casserole is overflowing with sautéed vegetables and shrimp. All you need is some Cajun-style music and you'll be instantly transported to the bayous of Louisiana.

Recipe Ingredients:

3 cups chicken broth
1 1/2 cups long-grain rice
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup chopped green onion
1 cup chopped celery
1 (8-ounce) can sliced water chestnuts, drained
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 (10-ounce) packages frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1 (10-ounce) package frozen peas
1 teaspoon crushed dried basil
1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1/4 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 1/2 pounds cooked shrimp
1/2 cup white wine
1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/8 teaspoon paprika

Cooking Directions:

  1. In a saucepan, bring chicken broth to a boil and add rice. Cover, reduce heat and simmer until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed, about 20 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Lightly grease a 3-quart baking dish.
  3. While rice cooks, heat oil in a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat. When hot, but not smoking, sauté green onions, celery, water chestnuts, red bell pepper and garlic. Cook for 2 minutes, or until celery is tender.
  4. Add spinach (squeezed of any excess moisture), peas, basil, poultry seasoning, salt and pepper; cook until thoroughly heated. Add shrimp, wine and cooked rice; mix well. Transfer to prepared baking dish.
  5. Mix bread crumbs with butter and paprika. Sprinkle evenly over top of rice. Bake uncovered, until hot and golden on top, about 25 minutes.

Makes 8 servings.