Sara Hebert, @Saratoga
By day, Sara is the marketing director for Academy Award and Emmy winning Moonbot Studios in Shreveport, La. I have been cooking since I was a teenager and learned by sitting on a stool next to the amazing women in my family who were all great cooks. My husband Chris and I love southern culture and food and have a podcast/blog called All Y'all: allyallblog.com
Try Sara's grandmother Ma Jane's famous Rice Dressing
1/2 pound ground beef1/2 pound ground pork
1 1/2 pound shrimp (peeled and deveined)1/2 large onion and bell pepper (chopped)
1 1/2 celery stalks (chopped)1/2 cup each green onions and parsley
1 tsp garlic powder1/2 tbsp roux
1/2 tsp Kitchen Bouquet (to darken if needed)2 cups Cooked rice (can use up to 6 cups)
2 ounces Season All Seasonings1 tbsp cooking oil
1/2 cup water
The prep time includes peeling the shrimp. In a large roaster or heavy duty pot, add oil and brown the beef and pork. Drain any excess oil and meat fat. Add the Cajun Trinity (onion, bell pepper, and celery), garlic powder, roux and Kitchen Bouquet. Blend the mixture together and 1 cup cold water.
Bring to a boil, lower the heat and simmer for 30 minutes. (Note if water goes down, add more water to keep the mixture in a watery gravy-like stew consistency.) Add the shrimp, parsley, and green onions. Cook for three minutes, take off heat and cover pot. Let the heat of the mixture finish cooking the shrimp.
Add the cooked rice to the mixture keeping the rice moist. All done.