Dirty Cajun rice recipe

Dirty Cajun rice recipe

Dirty rice come in many (delicious) forms. Cajun is a pretty classic combination so here’s something I’ve put together.

To the recipe!

Ingredients: £2.79 – serves 2 (£1.40) or 3 (£0.93) (per serving)
  •     200g basmati rice
  •     1 chicken stock cube
  •     1 beef stock cube
  •     500ml water
  •     100-200g diced cooking bacon
  •     1 ball of mozzarella, diced
  •     1 red pepper, diced
  •     1 large onion, finely diced
  •     1 tbsp garlic paste
  •     1 tbsp ketchup
  •     2-3 tbsp Cajun spice
  •     You shouldn’t need any salt here as Cajun spice has a shitload already
  •     Oil, for frying.
Equipmemt
  •     Saucepan
  •     Knife
  •     Chopping board
  •     Tinfoil
  •     Frying pan
  •     Wooden spoon
  •     Plate
Cooking method (40-50 minutes)
  1.     First cook the rice but be sure to put 1 tbsp of Cajun spice, 1 beef and 1 chicken stock cube in the water when cooking, leave it covered until needed.
  2.     Heat some oil in a pan on a fairly high heat until it’s nice and hot. Cook the bacon until the fat is rendered down and nicely crisp. Remove from the pan and keep to onne side.
  3.     Add the onion to the pan, you want to get it nicely browned so the flavour develops, turn the heat up but don’t let it burn though. It’s a fairly fine line between nicely browned and burnt.
  4.     Add the red pepper and cook for another 2-3 minutes, be sure to keep everything moving.
  5.     Now add the garlic paste and ketchup cook for another 3-5 minutes while stirring.
  6.     Remove to the heat and turn your attention to the rice. Remove the kids and fluff with a fork, and 1-2 tbsp of Cajun spice and mix well.
  7.     All that’s left to do is mix the two together! Dirty.

Dirty rice all round
Costing

Looking at cost there are a few bits you can cut to save a bit, you can’t really change the amount of rice as it’s the bulk of the dish, unless you’re just cooking for 1.

Using half the amount of Cajun spice will save about 30p and you can just add some extra salt, the flavour won’t be quite as strong but still good.

The red pepper can be optional, removing it takes off another 45p, as is the mozzarella which saves an additional 45p.

This can cut the cost down to £1.59, or about 80p a serving.

All the prices used are from tesco.com on the date of this post.
Nutrition (based on 1 serving, half the above amount or )

As you can see it’s fairly heavy on the carbs and a nice whack of calories, just about enough for a mealtime.

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