Thursday, August 30, 2012

DEADLINE RECIPES: Dirty Rice Italian Style

Today's Deadline Recipe comes from Jackie Braun who writes for Harlequin Romance.

Dirty Rice Italian-style

1 pound sweet Italian sausage
1 onion chopped
1 green pepper chopped
1 red pepper chopped
1 ½ tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup rice
2 cups water

To make:
In a saucepan, bring water to boil and add rice, reduce heat to simmer and follow directions on rice package to cook. (It will be longer if you are using brown rice, so take that into consideration.)

In large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat and add chopped peppers, onion and Italian seasoning. Sauté until vegetables are just starting to soften. Take out of pan and set aside.

Add meat to pan. Once meat is browned, add back vegetables and heat through. Add rice and mix well. Salt and pepper to taste.

You can switch up this recipe using hot Italian sausage instead of sweet. I make a leaner, healthier version using turkey sausage and brown rice. Less fat and more fiber that way. When I’m on deadline and pinched for time, or I don’t want to dirty another pan, I use two packages of Uncle Ben’s Brown Ready Rice, which cooks in the microwave in 90 seconds.  I also make the meat ahead of time and have it on hand in the fridge so that all I have to do is sauté the veggies. The meat is great in spaghetti sauce, too. Enjoy!

Jackie's new book IF THE RING FITS... is a September 2012 release.


Practical Rachel Palmer’s aversion to risk-taking led to a marriage that just didn’t fit. Now single again, she’s embracing her newfound independence and the first step is taking her jewelry business worldwide. For that she needs expert help from Italian Antonio Salerno.

His business help soon turns personal. And being in close-enough-to-kiss proximity to a sexy playboy makes Rachel feel she’s taking a flying leap into deliciously risky territory. It’s everything she’s been craving, but this is a man famous for loving and leaving. Surely falling for him would be a step too far?


  1. Hi Jackie ~ we make something like this. It's very good and so easy.