Before watching the first episode of the new Season of Hell’s Kitchen (anyone else watching it this season?), I made my second Ramsay dish which was inspired by a recipe taken from the “Good Food For Less” Chapter of Gordon Ramsay’s Home Cooking: Everything You Need to Know to Make Fabulous Food.
The only difference between his recipe (pg. 164) and mine, is that instead of using white wine and chicken stock, I simply used beef stock. I also did not add scallions or use fresh flat-leaf parsley. This takes about 30 minutes to prepare, is incredibly easy and only uses one pot.
1 Red Onion, Peeled and Sliced
1 Red Pepper, Seeded and Chopped
2 Garlic Cloves, Peeled and thinly Sliced
5 Spiced Sausages, I used Hot Italian Sausages
1 tsp Paprika
1 Cup Rice
2 Cups Beef Broth
1 Tomato, Chopped
Salt & Pepper
Add some olive oil to a heavy bottomed casserole dish and sauté the onion for 5 minutes, until they are soft and colored. I used 1/2 of a purple onion and 1/2 of a yellow onion instead of what the recipe calls for. Ramsay notes that it is important to not slice onions too thinly or they will burn before they have a chance to caramelize. Don’t rush- always give them 5-6 minutes in the pan on their own.
Add the pepper and garlic and cook for 2 minutes. Slit the sausage casings and crumble the sausage into the pan and cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes. Taking the sausage out of the casing allows the rice to absorb the flavors better. Add the paprika, salt & pepper and mix.
Add the rice and stir well; make sure every piece is no longer white to show it has absorbed the sausage and pepper flavor. If you did want to use white wine, this is when you would at about 1/3 cup to deglaze the pan and mix the bits stuck to the bottom. I just used my beef stock to do this. Therefore, add the beef stock and stir (while scraping the bottom). Bring the stock to a simmer then cook gently for about 15-20 minutes.
I covered my casserole dish for about 10 minutes but it is not necessary. Cook until the rice is tender and the majority of the broth has been absorbed. Remove from heat.
Fold in the tomato and parsley flakes and serve.
I don’t cook with Italian Sausage often- what Recipe that includes them should I try next? Let me know by commenting below!