Hominy Grill-style low country rice casserole. Close relative to jambalaya and paella. Endless possibilities with this dish.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat an oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

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  • Place the bacon in a large, deep skillet, and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 8 minutes. Set the bacon on a paper towel-lined plate, leaving bacon fat in the skillet. Brown the ham and sausage in the bacon fat, about 10 minutes. Remove from pan.

  • Add the onions, celery, red and green bell peppers to the pan used to cook the meat, adding peanut oil if the pan is too dry. Cook and stir until the vegetables are tender, about 5 to 8 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook 2 minutes. Add the eggplant, and cook for 5 more minutes. Place the cooked veggies in the bottom of a large casserole or oven-proof baking dish.

  • Heat 1 teaspoon peanut oil in the skillet. Pour in the uncooked rice; cook and stir until the rice is fragrant and golden, about 3 minutes. Spoon the rice over the veggies in the casserole dish. Cover the rice with the cooked bacon, ham, and sausage.

  • Return the skillet to medium heat, and cook the okra until lightly brown. Pour in the red wine and simmer until the wine has almost evaporated completely. Stir chicken stock, tomato puree, bay leaves, salt, basil, thyme, and black pepper into the okra; bring to a boil. Pour the okra mixture into the casserole dish, and cover the dish tightly with foil. Bake in the preheated oven until the rice is tender, about 1 to 1 1/4 hours. Remove the bay leaves and serve with hot sauce.

Nutrition Facts

567.3 calories; protein 23g 46% DV; carbohydrates 52.9g 17% DV; fat 27.8g 43% DV; cholesterol 56.4mg 19% DV; sodium 2347.8mg 94% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 2 stars
08/08/2011
I'm so sorry--I really wanted to love this dish. I'm not very familiar with low-country cooking but like Cajun and all of the ingredients in this recipe so thought this would be great. A few things that earned this a low rating: 1) Way too many steps for the end product. I think that veg and meat could be combined and steps saved. 2) I really didn't care for the red wine-okra sauce. The okra soaked up the wine and really did not taste good. 3) Just not enough spice for so many bland ingredients (rice eggplant) though tabasco helped at the end. 4) The bacon was just lost in the process and added too much fat for the end result. I wish that I had something better to say but I don't think that I'll be making this again. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
08/08/2011
I'm so sorry--I really wanted to love this dish. I'm not very familiar with low-country cooking but like Cajun and all of the ingredients in this recipe so thought this would be great. A few things that earned this a low rating: 1) Way too many steps for the end product. I think that veg and meat could be combined and steps saved. 2) I really didn't care for the red wine-okra sauce. The okra soaked up the wine and really did not taste good. 3) Just not enough spice for so many bland ingredients (rice eggplant) though tabasco helped at the end. 4) The bacon was just lost in the process and added too much fat for the end result. I wish that I had something better to say but I don't think that I'll be making this again. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/09/2011
I understand why some people wouldn't like this but my family and I enjoyed trying it. Not one of my favorites but I probably will make it sometime again. It was a little time consuming and detailed but I'd still rate it 3. Read More
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