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Turkey Dirty Rice


Turkey Dirty Rice Recipe

Prep Time:        10 minutes
Cooking Time:  1 hour 10 minutes (if cooking turkey from scratch)
                            30 minutes if using turkey leftovers
Serves:              8

Dirty rice is an excellent dish to make using Thanksgiving turkey leftovers. If you haven't used the giblets (the package of neck meat, gizzard, liver and heart packed in the cavity) for gravy or something else, save them for this recipe. If you're a bit sheepish about using this ingredient, it can be optional - although we recommend it since it does add the 'dirty' color to the rice and a depth to the dish's flavor.

This easy, casual dish calls out for a similarly easy, casual wine - such as the fun, lively Beaujolais nouveau. Beaujolais Nouveau comes out just before Thanksgiving and is best drunk right away, so this is the time of year to enjoy it! From the 2010 vintage we've featured the classic Georges duBoeuf (it would be blasphemy not to!) as well as a selection from a smaller producer that may be harder to find.

Wine Pairing

2010 Georges duBoeuf
Beaujolais Nouveau
From the classic house for Beaujolais Nouveau. Fruity and tart with notes of cherry.

2010 Domaine Manoir du Carra Beaujolais Nouveau 
A bit lighter bodied than the duBoeuf, this also shows a bit more tannin on the finish. ($10)

Turkey Dirty Rice Ingredients:

If using leftover or prepared turkey: 2 lbs roasted meat (white and dark)
If cooking turkey: half a boneless turkey breast (2 lbs)
Turkey giblets (gizzard, neck, heart - can be optional)
2 cups long grain rice
1 green bell pepper
1 red bell pepper
1 can kidney beans
2 celery stalks
1/2 cup green onions
1/2 vidalia onion
2 cloves garlic
4 cups of chicken stock low sodium
ΒΌ cup vegetable oil
1 tbsp paprika
1 tbsp cayenne pepper

Turkey Dirty Rice Cooking Instructions:

If cooking turkey from scratch, start with step 1, or skip to 2 if using leftover or pre-cooked turkey.

1.) Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Roast turkey for 50 - 60 minutes, until a meat thermometer reads 175 - 180 degrees.

2.) Roughly chop turkey meat into large chunks. Dice green onion, bell peppers, celery, onion and garlic.

3.) In a medium pot, add giblets and cover with water. Bring to a boil, and let cook for 25 minutes.

4.) In a large pot, bring chicken stock to a boil and add rice. Reduce heat to low and let simmer for 20 minutes or until rice is cooked through.

5.) In a large pan, add oil and heat over medium-high heat. Add celery, onion, peppers and garlic and stir until soft - about 10 minutes.

6.) Add turkey meat, beans, green onion, paprika and cayenne to pan. Stir occasionally and cook for 5 minutes.

7.) Drain cooked giblets and chop finely. Add chopped giblets and any juices with turkey mixture to rice. Stir well.

8.) Season to taste with salt, pepper and hot sauce. Enjoy!

Next recipe: Turkey Empanadas with Cranberry Pineapple Salsa


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