Dirty rice with pine nuts and black pepper recipe

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Here pine nuts give the rice crunch and texture. And dirty rice is the best way to use up what is left over in the fridge, too a kind of catch-all for bits and pieces. Wild mushrooms can be substituted for the chicken livers and sausage to make this a lighter dish.

  • Yield: 6 Servingsas a side, 4 as a man

Ingredients

  • Kosher salt
  • 1 cup wild rice
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 links hot Italian sausage (about 5 ounces), casings removed
  • 4 ounces chicken livers, trimmed and finely chopped
  • 1 cup pine nuts
  • ½ cup finely chopped onion
  • ½ cup finely chopped celery
  • ½ cup finely chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 cup chopped scallions (white and green parts)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ cup chicken stock
How to Make It
  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the wild rice. Simmer, uncovered, until the grains begin to split and the rice is tender but still a little chewy, 40 to 45 minutes (brands of wild rice differ in cooking times, so start checking after 30 minutes). Drain.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium-high heat, add the oil. When the oil is hot, add the sausage. Cook and crumble with a wooden spoon until the sausage is browned all over, about 4 minutes. Add the chicken livers. Cook and stir until no longer pink, about 3 minutes. Add the pine nuts and toss to coat in the oil. Cook and stir until toasted, about 3 minutes.
  3. Add the onion, celery, and bell pepper and cook until softened, about 7 minutes. Add the scallions, thyme, black pepper, and drained wild rice. Pour in the stock and cook until it is absorbed, about 3 minutes.
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