The GHDS Diversity and Inclusion Committee delivers something “New and Tasty” for our ongoing initiative. We’re happy to post this recipe submitted by GHDS member and Diversity and Inclusion Committee Chair, Dr. Michelle Thompson.

Pictured above are Shirley Jean Thompson with her daughters-in-law.  L to R: Marisa Grijalva, Shirley Thompson, Dr. Alexandra Thompson, & Dr. Michelle Thompson.

By Shirley Jean Thompson / shared by Dr. Michelle Thompson


When I was given an opportunity to share a recipe, my mother-in-law, Shirley Jean Thompson, came to mind.  Mrs. Thompson, also known as “Granny” in my household, was an amazing cook.  She shared many recipes with her children and grandchildren.


To honor her, my sisters-in-law, Marisa Grijalva, Dr. Alexandra Thompson, and I are sharing her dirty rice recipe.


Every holiday celebration, she cooked Southern cuisine for the family and this was one of our favorites.

Granny, we miss you and we will forever keep you in our hearts.”



– Dr. Michelle Thompson


  • 1 cup of white long grain rice

  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 2-3 celery sticks
  •  2 green bell peppers
  •  2-3 TBS olive oil or 1/2 stick of butter
  •  1 roll of Jimmy Dean Sausage (Sage flavored or Hot flavored)
  •  2-3 TBS of Poultry Seasoning
  •  ½ tsp of black pepper
  •  1 tsp Tony’s Cajun Seasoning
  •  2 cups of chicken or turkey stock


    • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
    •  Rinse white long grain rice with water and drain. Repeat until water is clear.  Add 2 cups of water and boil. Once it boils, reduce heat and simmer for 15-18 minutes until the rice is almost cooked. Do not cook the rice all the way at this point as it will be baked at the end. 
    •  Finely chop equal amount of onion, celery, and green bell peppers. Sauté the onions, celery, and green bell pepper in a olive oil or butter.
    •  Brown a roll of Jimmy Dean breakfast sausage. Break the sausage into small pieces. (This is a replacement for giblets).  Add the rice and sautéed vegetables to the sautéed sausage. 
    • Add Poultry Seasoning, black peppers, and Tony’s Cajun Seasoning to taste. Add chicken or turkey stock and cover the pan with a lid. Bake at 350 degrees F for 15-20 minutes, until the rice is fully cooked.  Remove the lid and cook for an additional 10 minutes.

    •  Serve warm. Enjoy!