Thanksgiving is this week, and that means it’s time to start cooking, y’all!
While we all love what we typically consider to be traditional Thanksgiving sides, my family wants to be reminded of one of their favorite places: New Orleans. One of the best ways for me to do this during the Thanksgiving Holiday is to cook dirty rice. It’s a southern tradition, y’all, and it has been a hit among my family and friends for more than a decade.
I enjoy making dirty rice because it’s a simple recipe that delivers one memorable bite after the next. I won’t tell you all of the details about my recipe, but here are a few must-have items:
– It’s a requirement to have a little kick in this type of recipe, so I add Cajun seasoning.
– To add a little more heat, I include some hot pork breakfast sausage to go along with the ground beef that is also included.
– To keep it healthy, I choose low-sodium chicken broth.
– Oh, and you have to include some bay leaves.
When I first started making this recipe more than a decade ago, I didn’t know that it would become such a hit. I’m glad I took the opportunity to make a bold move. This recipe is a reminder of great times and fond memories, and it truly brings us together.
Are you thinking of trying a new recipe this year?
Don’t be held back based on what you think you should prepare for this holiday. If you grew up in Texas, but now live in New York, show your new neighbors how you do Thanksgiving in Texas. Embrace every part of what makes you unique.
If you love a recipe that brings people together, reminds them of home, or is non-traditional, try it out! I’m so glad that we all get to think of New Orleans as we gather around the table and reflect on the many reasons we are filled with gratitude.
Consider testing out your recipe earlier in the year to get feedback and determine if Thanksgiving is the right holiday for a big debut. If you’re not ready, try an office potluck or a smaller family gathering.
Happy Thanksgiving! I’m grateful for all of you!