Here at Rice Right, we’re always looking for new ways to spice up the traditional rice dish. So, a couple weeks ago we headed to the Fancy Food Show in NYC to gather some of the hottest up-and-coming rice trends on the market. There, we stumbled upon Manitou Trading Company*, a brand that’s turning complex flavors into easy, one-step mixtures. In addition to a whole line of exotic rice, grains, and legumes, Manitou offers a selection of “Naturally Seasoned Fusions:” pre-mixed packets of rice, spices, and fresh ingredients.
We took home a packet of Cajun Dirty Rice, a combination of “parboiled white rice with the essential “Holy Trinity” of Cajun and Creole cuisine — celery, bell peppers and onions.”
Of course, we couldn’t write about it here without first trying it out for ourselves. And let us tell you: it was magical. It’s hard to master the fine balance of spices in a Cajun dish – let alone achieve this balance in a matter of minutes. Impress your friends with this quick, easy and wildly delicious rice dish. Eat it as a side dish, or add sausage and rice for a complete Cajun meal! We just can’t get enough of Manitou’s Dirty Rice. Here’s how to make it:
1 ¾ Cups of Stock or Water
1 Pack of Dirty Rice
1 Tablespoon of Butter
[From Dirty Rice Package]
Bring 1 ¾ cups of stock, 1 tablespoon butter, and Cajun Dirty Rice to boil.
Reduce heat to a simmer, stir and cover.
Cook at a gentle simmer until the liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender, about 15 minutes.
Gently fluff with a fork and serve.
*We’d like to note that Manitou has not paid us for this review. We just actually really love this stuff!