Dirty South Rice Dressing
2 cups broth (chicken or vegetable is the best)
2 cups water
2 cups rice
1/2 to 1 cup giblets (chicken liver wins)*
1/2 to 1 cup other meat you like (we used left over shredded chicken and pulled pork)
2 garlic cloves (big ones!)
1 1/4 cup celery (2 large ribs)
1 bell pepper*
1 jalapeno pepper (de-seed if you so desire)
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp sage
1 tsp chives
1 tbsp Hot Roasted Vegetable Salsa With Cilantro or hot sauce of your choosing
2 tbsp oil (Extra virgin wins)
1 medium to large white onion
2 oz dark red wine (YAY!) optional
Salt and pepper to preference
Soak rice for 15 minutes
While rice is soaking small chop jalapeno pepper (de-seeded if you aren't a spice fan), bell pepper, celery and onion.
Mince and smash garlic cloves
Slice, chop and then smash. It make for easier chopping. Use a butcher's knife cause that makes cooking fun!
Combine all in one bowl and mix with 1 tbsp oil and set aside
Boil chicken liver on medium in a pot with 1 to 2 cups water for 15 minutes or until slightly grey.
In large skillet pour rice and sauté until it starts to yellow,
Add 2 cups broth and 1 cup water
Pour in slowly so the liquid does not lower the temperature of the skillet to much. The hotter the skillet stays the quicker the cook time!
Stir until well combined, let simmer until rice becomes tender and most of the liquid has steamed away, DO NOT COVER
Drain liver, but reserve about 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup of liquid. let liver rest
Letting the liver rest will also allow it too cook a little bit more before adding it to the dish. We do not want any raw chicken liver to be eaten
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Chop up liver roughly, as well as other meat of your choosing (wash hands if you touch it)
Heat a skillet, or pot and add 1 tbsp oil
Add minced garlic and quickly sauté
Add the remaining vegetable mix. Saute until onion turns yellow and bell pepper becomes soft.
This will be baked in the oven for 20 minutes so you don't want the veggies to become mushy
Take rice off the heat once tender
Acquire a baking dish, or dutch oven
Pour rice, meat, vegetables and reserve liver liquid into dish.
Add thyme, sage, chives, hot sauce, dark red wine, salt and pepper. Stir together until fully incorporated
Insert into oven for 10 minutes, stir and leave for another 10 minutes.
Take out and let cool for 10 minutes before serving or storing.