The Dirty Sam

Guest post by Sam Allesee

The Dirty Sam (formerly known as dirty rice) has become a staple in our household.  It’s a savory dish with bold flavors, and heat can be added if desired.  If it comes out right, it has a nice creamy texture, and is right in that zone where you can either eat it with a fork or a spoon.  I will describe dish with our preferred meat, sausage, but marinated shrimp is a great substitute.


  • 1 clove garlic, diced
  • 1 onion, medium, chopped
  • A few handfuls green beans, chopped (1-2 cups)
  • A few handfuls carrots, small chopped (1-2 cups)
  • 2 tbsp canola oil or olive oil
  • 1 smoked sausage, chopped
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup rice
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • spices (cajun, cayenne, chili powder)



  • Saute onions and garlic in pot with oil, until onion is soft/glassy
  • Add carrots and green beans, and mix in  ~1 tbsp of cajun seasoning, a few pinches of salt, pepper, and chili powder.  Cook until veggies begin to soften, around 3-4 min.
  • Add chopped sausage, and mix in another ~1 tbsp of cajun seasoning, and add cayenne powder to desired spice level.  Cook until sausage becomes oily and slightly darkened.
  • Add can of crushed tomatoes, water, and  rice.  Stir well, and slightly increase heat to bring to a boil.
  • Once at a boil, place lid over pot and reduce heat to low for 15 minutes.
  • Remove lid, stir, let cool, and enjoy!

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