Growing up, it was always a treat when my Uncle Ralph from New Orleans would visit. He delighted us with tales of the French Quarter, colorful Mardi Gras parades, and celebrity-spotting in jazz clubs. And he always made Dirty Rice. It was his specialty, and when I went vegan, the recipe no longer included the traditional chicken livers and sausage, it was just adapted to get it’s “dirty” look from beans and a “meaty” bite from eggplant.
Spice up your Mardi Gras table with this fun vegan version of a Cajun classic. It’s a staple throughout southern Louisiana and Mississippi , and will be eaten by thousands next week during the parades and celebration. The heavy meal of rice and veggies will provide you with a good base for – how do we say – other Mardi Gras traditions, like drinking lots of Hurricane cocktails, catching beads and partying all night long!
3 cloves minced garlic
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped celery
2 Tbl. olive oil
3/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 tsp. paprika
2 tsp. oregano
2 tsp. thyme
1 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. salt
2 cups chopped eggplant
1 can red beans, rinsed and drained
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
2 cups stock
2 bay leaves
1 cup long grain brown rice
1 cup chopped green pepper
1/3 cup minced fresh parsley
Saute garlic, onions and celery in olive oil until slightly browned, about 3 to 5 minutes. Meanwhile, combine all seasonings: cayenne, paprika, oregano, thyme, black pepper and salt. Toss cubed eggplant in seasoning mix, coating completely.
When onions are wilted and light brown on the edges, add seasoned eggplant. Saute over high for 2 to 3 minutes, to sear edges. Add all beans, vegetable stock, bay leaves, rice and green peppers.
Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low/simmer. Cook, stirring every few minutes, for about 25-30 minutes. When done, toss with chopped fresh parsley. Serve warm with your favorite Mardi Gras cocktail, like a Hurricane or Hand Grenade.
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