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As we’re quickly approaching the end of the year, I’ve already begun to map out a few of my personal goals to carry with me into the new year that encourage new culinary endeavors that have previously been a little bit foreign to me. It’s no secret that southern-style cooking is something that I love and am very familiar with, but it’s always fun to mix things up a bit and bring a new cultural element into my cooking. Particularly, I want to create more dishes that are not only inspired by other cultures, but fuse multiple cultures together to create really, really awesome food.
I decided to go ahead and start getting a little practice in before the new year hits with a creation that features two distinct flavor profiles that I married together to make an appetizer that really knocks it out of the park (if I do say so myself!) These Cajun Dirty Rice Egg Rolls with Creole Dipping Sauce are the perfect blend of Asian and Cajun cuisine. After my first batch of these bad boys, I was shouting “laissez les bon temps rouler” after every bite!
I’ve always been interested in Cajun culture and cuisine. Unfortunately, I don’t have any roots tying me to the swamps of Louisiana, so everything I’ve learned about their style of cooking has been self-taught. One thing I do know about their cooking, though, is that you don’t skimp on quality ingredients. Dirty rice is a staple dish in Louisiana, and the best way to lock in those creole flavors is to make it with a little love and elbow grease. Dirty rice is actually a simple dish to make, but the layers of fresh ingredients give it depth and dimension that simply can’t be matched by the pre-mixed boxed varieties.
And one thing you certainly don’t budge on is the sausage inside! When dirty rice in any form is on the menu at my house, I reach for Odom’s Tennessee Pride Mild Country Sausage every time. It can be easy to write off sausage as primarily being a breakfast food, but Odom’s Tennessee Pride Country Sausage can be used in SO many ways, from those delicious traditional breakfasts to unique appetizers, lunches and dinners! Plus, it comes in varieties the whole family will love! If I’m making these egg rolls for just my husband and I, I spring for the “hot” variety. We love it spicy from time to time!
You can find Odom’s Tennessee Pride Country Sausage at your local Walmart in the refrigerated meat section. Each time I go, I like to grab a few packages to keep on hand at all times. I’ve even stuck a few rolls in my freezer so that I can utilize them in recipes during the upcoming holiday season!
To prepare the dirty rice, I recommend using a trusty seasoned iron skillet. No worry if you don’t have one, but if you do…go ahead and break it out! You’ll start by frying a little bacon in the skillet and setting it aside on a paper towel to drain the grease off of it. Pro tip: Make a few extra pieces so you can have something to nibble on while you cook. You can thank me later!
Keeping the drippings in the pan, toss in your chopped celery, bell peppers and onion and saute until tender. Add in chopped jalapeno and garlic and cook for an additional minute. Add in the Odom’s Tennessee Pride Mild Country Sausage and scramble until there is no pink left in the meat.
To finish it all up, add in the cooked rice, seasonings, bacon crumbles, parsley and green onions for garnish. Preheat your fryer to 350 F and let the grease get good and hot. Spoon a small amount of the dirty rice mixture onto each egg roll wrapper and roll according to package instructions. (My husband has the official “egg roll wrapper aficionado” title in the house. He makes them perfect every time!
Drop about 3-4 at a time into the grease and cook for 4 minutes. Remove from grease and set on a wire drying rack to drain excess grease before serving. Alternatively, you can “fry” these egg rolls right up in the air fryer if you’re not too keen on the extra grease. Just spritz each roll with a smidge of olive oil cooking spray and cook for 10 minutes at 390 F in the air fryer, turning halfway through.
Here’s a free printable version of the recipe if you’d like to give it a try!
- For Dirty Rice:
- 3 slices bacon, cooked and chopped
- 1 cup chopped bell pepper and onion blend
- ½ cup chopped sweet onion
- 1 large celery stalk, chopped into small pieces
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped
- 1 lb Odom's Tennessee Pride Mild Country Sausage
- 4 cups cooked and cooled long grain white rice
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp black pepper
- 2 tsp creole seasoning
- ¼ cup chopped green onions
- ¼ cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
- 2 Packages Egg roll wrappers
- For Creole Sauce:
- Creole Dipping Sauce
- 1 ¼ c mayonnaise
- ¼ c creole mustard
- 1 Tbsp paprika
- 1 ½ tsp creole seasoning
- 2 Tsp Horseradish sauce
- 1 tsp dill pickle juice
- 1 tsp hot sauce
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- In a large pot, cook rice according to package instructions. Allow to cool.
- In a large skillet, cook bacon until done, but not overly crisp. Remove bacon from skillet and reserve drippings. Crumble bacon once cooled.
- Add in chopped bell pepper, onion and celery and saute until tender.
- Add garlic and jalapeno and cook for an additional minute.
- Add in Odom's Tennessee Pride Mild Country Sausage and cook until no pink remains.
- Stir in the cooked rice, salt, pepper and creole seasoning until well combined.
- Add in reserved crumbled bacon, parsley and green onion.
- Add a spoonful of prepared dirty rice onto each egg roll wrapper and roll according to package instructions.
- Place 3-4 in deep fryer preheated to 350 and fry for 4 minutes.
- Remove from grease and transfer to wire cooling rack before serving
- Serve with creole dipping sauce and enjoy!
While these Asian-Cajun appetizers are truly scrumptious all by themselves, it’s always fun to have a little dipping sauce on the side for some added flavor. A common sauce used in creole cooking is this spicy remoulade that is frequently used on popular Cajun dishes such as po’ boys, boudin and with all types of seafood. A little of this sauce goes a long way, but the seasonings in this sauce really enhance the flavors in the dirty rice, so definitely whip up a batch and share it with your friends!
These Cajun Dirty Rice Egg Rolls can be served as an appetizer or a meal all throughout the year, and for just about any occasion! We’ll be making another batch this weekend during the football game, and I can’t wait to sink my teeth into them again! The best part? No fork required! That’s my kind of food, y’all!
Next time you’re out shopping at Walmart, make sure you pick up a few packages of Odom’s Tennessee Pride Country Sausage and all the fixin’s for these dirty rice egg rolls. They’re creole cooking with a a twist, and they’re a treat you definitely don’t want to miss!
Are you familiar with Cajun or Asian styles of cooking? Do you like to utilize sausage in more than just breakfast recipes? Leave a comment below and share the love!