Pappadeaux, better known as Pappas Restaurants, is a popular American restaurant chain embracing various culinary concepts such as Pappa’s Steakhouse, Seafood House, Bar-B-Q, and Pappa’s Burger.
Today we share a recipe from one of the most popular dishes of Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen, which is his dirty rice. They use it for all sorts of different meals, whether it’s stuffing Cajun sausage or serving it alongside blackened catfish.
No matter what you eat it with, it is always a delicious and filling meal and is much preferable to boring old white rice. so today We are going to teach you how to make Pappadeaux dirty rice from home with this copycat recipe.
How to Make Pappadeaux Dirty Rice
Why is it called dirty rice? It’s not really dirty, is it?
Dirty rice gets its name from the fact that it is often made with darker ingredients, such as chicken liver, minced pork, and sometimes even sweetbreads. These dark, flavorful bits give it the “dirty” look, and it’s generally considered one of the tastiest and most enjoyable rices around.
It is also sometimes called “Cajun rice.”
- 2 cups long grain white rice
- 4 cups of chicken broth
- 1/2 pound chicken liver
- 1/2lb minced pork
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 4 garlic cloves
- 1/4 cup chopped onions
- 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
- 2 teaspoons old bay seasoning
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1/2 cup green bell pepper
- 1 bay leaf
- Black pepper
It is an easy dish to prepare in which we will fry most of the ingredients and combine everything in a saucepan.
Being a hearty, home-cooked meal, you don’t have to be very finicky about everything, just fry everything up and make a great meal!
With a sharp knife, finely chop the onion and garlic cloves.
Place the chicken livers and minced pork in a food processor and blend well for 5 minutes to create the meat mixture.
Melt the butter in a skillet over low heat.
Once the butter is melted, add the meat mixture and turn the heat up to medium-high.
Continue cooking for about 10 minutes until the raw pink color changes to the brown you would normally associate with cooked pork.
At this point, we need to add the old bay seasoning, oregano, salt, and black pepper to the meat mixture, and continue frying for another 5 minutes.
Turn the heat back down to low so the meat mixture comes to a simmer. Now we can add the dry mustard together with the chopped garlic and onion that we have prepared before. Stir it all good.
Let this mixture continue to simmer for another 3 minutes before removing it from the heat and transferring everything to a separate bowl.
Now we have to prepare the rice: put the saucepan (you can use the same one, since it will have a good aftertaste from the previous ingredients) over high heat, and add all the chicken broth, the chopped pepper and the long grain rice without cook.
When the broth is boiling, cover it with a lid that allows some steam to escape, and lower the heat so that the broth simmers.
Leave it for about 20 minutes, making sure to stir it occasionally so the rice doesn’t stick to the pan.
Once the rice is fully cooked, drain any remaining water and add the meat mixture back to the casserole. Cook it for another 5 minutes, mixing everything well over low heat.
And that’s it. Your Paddadeaux dirty rice is ready!
Pappadeaux has his own take on a delicious dirty rice recipe, but it’s important to remember that this dish is used by many restaurants and comes in many varieties.
Here are some great alternatives and substitutions if you want to shake things up a bit and get creative with it.
1. Chicken gizzards
You can use chicken gizzards to substitute for the chicken liver in the recipe provided or even use both together to make the whole thing more delicious. It is a very common choice for dirty fried rice recipes used by other restaurants.
If you want to use it as a full substitute, 3/4 pound is fine! You can mix it exactly the same as the liver.
2. Cayenne pepper
If you’re looking for a little more zing to the dish, you can substitute fairly mild, dry mustard with half a teaspoon of cayenne pepper (or even a dash of tabasco sauce works).
Try to use it as a direct substitute rather than an additive, as otherwise the flavor might be too strong.
3. Bacon powder
If you want to really help make the rice richer and more flavorful, substitute the butter you use in the pan for the bacon drippings and it will taste delicious. That extra fat, in particular, will help everything fry up and taste great.
With what to accompany the dirty rice Pappadeaux
Although Cajun dirty rice can be used as a complete meal on its own, its main function is to enhance and bulk up the main dish.
Pappadeaux serves this dirty rice with many of his main dishes, so here are some of our suggestions on what to serve it with.
Boudin is essentially a big sausage casing that is then stuffed with dirty rice, extra peppers, meat, and seasonings. It’s not uncommon for restaurants to get creative with it, offering unique versions like the seafood-stuffed boudin.
Jumbo prawn skewer
Grilled shrimp wrapped in grilled bacon that is then stuffed with Monterey Jack cheese and a little jalapeno. This is served with a nice bowl of dirty rice to make a delicious, filling and flavorful meal.
Keeping with the Cajun theme of rice, this is a blackened catfish fillet with Creole shrimp served with dirty rice.
How to Reheat Pappadeaux Dirty Rice
Rice is one of those foods that tastes just as good, if not better, the next day, thanks to the less starchy qualities it develops after sitting out for a while.
This makes dirty rice ideal for saving for later; Here we explain how to reheat it.
How to Reheat Pappadeaux Dirty Rice in a Pot
If you have any chicken broth left, pour some into the pot. If not, you can also serve water. Heat the pot over low heat, add the rice and cover with a lid.
Check the temperature after about 5 minutes and it should be piping hot, if not, put the cover back on and let it heat up another 3 minutes.
How to Reheat Pappadeaux Dirty Rice in the Microwave
Transfer the rice to a microwave-safe bowl and cover with a plate or a damp paper towel to help retain moisture.
Cook the rice for 3-4 minutes, making sure to stir it well after 2 minutes so it heats evenly.
How to reheat Pappadeaux Dirty Rice in the oven
Preheat oven to 300°F. Spread the rice evenly in a baking dish and add 2 tablespoons of water (or the chicken broth). Cover the pan with aluminum foil. Bake for 20 minutes.
How to Reheat Pappadeaux Dirty Rice in an Air Fryer
Preheat air fryer to 320°F. Transfer the rice to the cooking basket and fry it for 10 minutes.
Remove the basket and add a little olive oil or cooking spray to help it re-fry, making sure to stir the rice so everything is coated in the oil. Now raise the temperature to 360°F and fry another 5 minutes.
How to Store Pappadeaux Dirty Rice
Storing the rice for later is very easy, making it a great dish to cook in bulk and store for a few days. Since it goes well with many dishes, you can easily eat it several days in a row.
Store in the fridge
Let the rice cool to room temperature; the drier it is before storing it, the longer it will keep. Just put it in an airtight container and refrigerate it.
Once stored, it will keep for 3 to 4 days.
Store in the freezer
Once again, making sure the rice has pre-cooled to room temperature, transfer all the rice to a freezer bag and press to get as much air out as possible. Once frozen it will keep for 1 to 2 months.
Pappadeaux Dirty Rice Recipe
A casserole is always a good dish to warm up on those cold nights. So today we’re sharing how to make Cheddars Restaurant’s Famous Broccoli and Cheese Casserole. It’s a healthy and delicious way to fill up the whole family.
- cooking spray
- 1 egg
- 15-16 oz fresh broccoli cut to taste
- 1 mushroom soup package
- 1 cup of cheddar cheese
- ½ cup chopped onions
- 1 cup of mayonnaise
- 2 sticks of butter
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
Take a large mixing bowl and beat the egg well.
Once the egg is fluffy, we can add the soup mix and the chopped broccoli.
Stir everything well, paying special attention that the broccoli florets are completely covered by the soup-egg mixture.
Next, we can add the onion and cheddar cheese on top and continue mixing all the ingredients.
Finally, we can add the chili powder and the mayonnaise. Keep stirring a little more until it’s quite creamy, it should also be a little fluffy.
Now we have to bake it, the first thing to do is start preheating the oven to 350°F.
Grease a large enough baking tray with cooking spray, if not, use oil and a kitchen towel to paint a thin layer around the tray.
Transfer all the ingredients to the oven tray, now greased, and put the 2 sticks of butter on top. You can dice them and sprinkle them on top before baking.
Bake for 40-45 minutes until the outer layer is nicely crisp and golden. It is now ready to serve!