Rice dressing is a traditional Cajun rice dish that begins with a roux and the Cajun trinity of onion, bell pepper, and celery. It is then simmered with ground meats and mixed with cooked white rice.
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 large onion, chopped
3 celery stalks, chopped
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 large bell pepper, chopped
1–1/2 pounds ground beef
1/2 pound ground pork
2 cups chicken stock or beef broth
1 cup water
1–1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3 cups cooked rice
Make a roux first by heating the oil over medium heat in a large pot like a dutch oven until hot and stir in the flour.
Brown until it is a dark caramel color being careful not to burn, taking your time all the while.
Next, stir the chopped vegetables into the roux and cook until onions are soft.
Now take the vegetables and roux out of the pot and into a bowl to set aside. Add the ground meats to the pan and brown. Drain fat from beef and pork.
Add the roux and vegetable mixture to browned meat and stir in the chicken stock or beef broth.
Next, add a cup of water and stir in salt and cayenne pepper then close the lid and let it simmer for 30 minutes stirring occasionally.
Add 3 cups of cooked rice mixing well and serve warm.
You may add up to 1 more cup of rice to the dressing if you prefer.