This was one of those meals that I had on the menu week after week, but it kept getting pushed back for various reasons. Busy day at work, too tired, kids rough, etc. etc. You know how it goes. I think the title and appearance of this meal made it seem much more involved than it actually is, and so it was easy to excuse away. Finally I decided enough was enough and this meal was going to happen, darn it. And you know what? Let’s break it down: Cajun seasoning blend for the fish – very easy, takes seconds to whip up. Dirty rice – sauté the mix-ins, stir in the rice and liquid, and cook. Easy. Praline sauce – toast pecans, cook sugar and water, mix in remaining ingredients. Voilà!
It’s not all that complicated but it is delicious. The combination of components may seem a bit strange but they all come together to make a wonderful meal. I’ve been coming around to savory dishes with sweet accompaniments and this dish got me even closer to loving the idea. The contrast of the sweet topping with the spicy fish and savory rice somehow just works. Don’t believe me? Try it for yourself. Just don’t put it off as long as I did.