Every afternoon while I’m on my way home from work, and my boys are on their way home from school, they text me to ask what we’re having for dinner.
It’s not lost on me that whenever I respond “dirty rice” the series of happy emoticons they send back is the vast opposite from the silence I get whenever I mention peas or mashed potatoes (neither of which they like).
Last night was such a night.
I got party hats, fireworks, exclamation points and heart emoji when I said two of their favorite words: dirty rice.
We love the Zatarain’s Original Dirty Rice (yes, I buy the family size for just the three of us). I brown one pound of 93/7 ground beef, drain the fat, add 3 ¾ cups water (I omit the extra oil, I don’t think you need it) and voila! About 25 minutes later dinner is served.
Traditional homemade dirty rice is made with chicken livers and gizzards, which gives the dish it’s name. However, I’m not sure I’d get the same happy emoji if I tried to sneak chicken livers into dinner. We’ll stick with Zatarain’s. My older son loves, loves, loves spicy food (he gets that from me) and he adds extra hot sauce to his portion. My younger son doesn’t like anything that “spices his tongue” but the blend of seasonings in the Zatarain’s Dirty Rice mix is just perfect.
Everyone is happy.