Southern Cookin' Makes You Good Lookin'

Random Rantings about Food and Such

Dirty Rice

on 09/18/2011

You’ve heard me go on and on about the cooks in my family but Michael is equally blessed in great cooks.  His mom, Sue, is a fantastic cook and she learned it from her mother, Editha, aka MawMaw.   Holy Cannoli, can that lady cook!  And usually cooks enough for the guys from nearby Ft. Polk to all walk away full.  But when you’re used to feeding lots of people (she’s had five children, sixteen grandchildren, and i’ve lost track of the greats and great-greats), what can you expect?  While we were visiting her Wednesday, MawMaw had outdone herself again.  It’s more of a question of what she DIDN’T cook than what she did.  My thighs just gained five pounds thinking about it.

Michael and MawMaw

I’m sure all of her younguns have their favorite dishes.  Michael’s would be her cornbread.  He absolutely has to have a bowl of cornbread and milk or he feels like he hasn’t been to MawMaw’s. I’d be hard-pressed to say which of her dishes is my favorite but her Dirty Rice ranks way up there.  She graciously told me how she does it.  Now, as with any great cook, there aren’t exact measurements but she gave me enough info that i guesstimated well enough for the batch we had today.  I brought a spoonful of it for Michael to taste to see if he thought it was close enough and i guess it was.  I had dropped a grain of rice on my shirt and he asked if he could have it and proceeded to pop it in his mouth.  Nuff said.

MawMaw and daughter Sue

If you’re blessed to have a MawMaw or a Mama or someone wonderful in your family whose cooking is the highlight of your family get-togethers, thank God for them!  And let them know.  Tell them you know you’re the good-lookin’ person you are today all because of them.  Even if you’re uglier than a mud fence, tell ’em.  Even if you look like you fell out of an ugly tree and hit every branch on the way down, tell ’em.  Even if….well, just tell ’em and eat a bowl of your favorite dish just for me.  Couldn’t hurt.

MawMaw’s Dirty Rice

2 rolls of Jimmy Dean hot sausage

4 cups of cooked rice

1 bell pepper chopped (MawMaw mixes the different colors of peppers so it looks really pretty)

1/2 onion, chopped

Cajun seasoning (like Tony Chachere’s or Louisiana brand)


Cook sausage in a Dutch oven or deep skillet to which you’ve added water.  You don’t want to fry the sausage but want it to cook down and be in a liquid mixture.  When sausage is no longer pink, add pepper and onion, cooking until tender.  Add Cajun seasoning and mix thoroughly.  Gradually add in rice, mixing thoroughly with each addition.


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