Clay Pot Rice With Spicy Sausage and Mushrooms Recipe

Clay Pot Rice With Spicy Sausage and Mushrooms Recipe

[Photographs: Shao Z.]

There's something very comforting and satisfying about a meal served and cooked in one pot. One of my favorite one pot meals is clay pot rice. For this version, I wanted to use an ingredient that's not normally seen in clay pot rice: spicy Italian sausage. Combined with slivers of chicken, marinated dried mushrooms, and a sweet and savory sauce, this speaks comfort to me.

Why this recipe works:

    Tons of flavorful ingredients are packed together and cooked under a lid to combine.
  • The rice gets a nice crisp crust as it slowly cooks and absorbs flavor from the chicken and sausage above.
  • Yield:Serves 4
  • Active time: 1 hour
  • Total time:1 hour and 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 5 dried wood ear mushroom
  • 4 dried shiitake mushroom
  • 12 ounces chicken, dark or white meat, sliced into thin strips
  • 5 ounces hot Italian sausage, removed from casing (about 1 sausage)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 slices of ginger, minced, about 1 teaspoon
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Shaoxing wine
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons oyster sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 cup long grain rice
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • For the Sauce:
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon oyster sauce
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce

Directions

  1. 1.

    Rinse wood ear mushrooms and shiitake mushrooms under cold running water. Transfer mushrooms to a large bowl and cover with water. Soak until fully rehydrated, about 1 hour. When the mushrooms are rehydrated, rinse under cold running water again to remove any grit. Squeeze out excess moisture, pat dry with paper towels, slice into thin strips, and set aside.

  2. 2.

    Combine chicken, sausage, garlic, ginger, cornstarch, oil, fish sauce, Shaoxing wine, soy sauce, oyster sauce, sugar, and the sliced wood ear and shiitake mushrooms in a medium bowl. Mix and combine well. Set aside at room temperature for at least 30 minutes or refrigerate up to overnight.

  3. 3.

    When ready to cook, wash the rice thoroughly and drain. Place the rice and one cup of water in an enameled cast iron pot. Soak the rice in the water for 30 minutes.

  4. 4.

    After 30 minutes, place the cast iron pot with the rice on top of a stove. Turn to medium heat, with the lid off, bring water and rice to a simmer. When it starts to simmer, add the chicken and the sausage. Gently spread the mixture evenly on top of the rice. Place the lid on top of the pot, turn flame down to second lowest setting. Cook for 30 minutes.

  5. 5.

    While the rice is cooking, make the sauce: Combine sesame oil, oyster sauce, soy sauce, sugar, water, and fish sauce in a small bowl.

  6. 6.

    After 30 minutes, open the lid and check to see if the chicken and sausage is cooked. If not, close the lid and check again in 10 minutes.

  7. 7.

    To serve, bring the cast iron pot to the table. Sprinkle chopped scallions on top and drizzle on half of sauce. With a large wooden spoon, mix the rice with the chicken and sausage. Serve immediately.