Dirty Rice and Smoked Turkey

This is another one of my go-to recipes. I’ve never had authentic dirty rice, which, from what I gather from the Internet is made with chicken livers, but I have experimented with the boxes of dirty rice that you can pick up from the rice aisle in your grocery store.

Here’s what I like to do most often with the rice mix:

  • 2 smoked turkey legs
  • 2 boxes of dirty rice
  • 10-oz. bag of mixed vegetables

Boil a pot of water on your stove, and add the turkey drumsticks. Let them heat through for 45 minutes to an hour. (You could probably also wrap them in foil and heat them in the oven, but I’ve never tried that.)

Let the turkey cool, then dice it finely.

Next, prepare the rice. I typically make it on the stove in a large microwave-safe container, but you could also make it on the stove. Place the rice and seasonings into your cooking vessel, but add the turkey as well. Cook to package directions.

Once the rice is finished, add the frozen vegetables and mix everything thoroughly. Let the rice sit for 5 to 10 minutes–the vegetables will thaw and heat through with the heat of the rice mixture.

I typically eat slightly more than a cup of this rice mixture at a time, with steamed vegetables on the side. Doubling the boxes of rice makes a lot; if you would like to half the recipe and use one box, I’d go with one turkey drumstick and half of the vegetables as well.

Rather than use smoked turkey, you could also use ground turkey or ground lean beef instead.


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