Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Better Stop While I Am Ahead

Another feat overcome last night!!! I was feeling ambitious after the success of the lasagna that I decided to tackle another nemesis. Rice. I can not even cook Minute Rice correctly. My rice is crunchy or watery, its never light & fluffy, unless I use the rice cooker.

We were discussing my rice fears at the last cooking club & my friend Julie said "Oh you should try my mexi-rice recipe. Its no fail." Sure it is, I thought to myself.
So imagine my surprise when my rice turned out!!! The hubs said I can not cook anything else the rest of the week since I cooked two things perfectly I should stop while I am ahead. I tend to agree with that statement! It tasted a lot like the Manny's rice but fresher & with a little more kick!

Here it is, the no-fail Mexi-Rice recipe:

1 C uncooked long grain white rice
2 C chicken broth
1/2 C tomato sauce
1/4 C chopped onion
1 can diced green chiles
1 clove garlic, minced
3 Tbs vegetable oil
Cumin, chili powder, salt to taste

1. Heat oil in a large sauce pan over medium heat. Add rice, onion and garlic. Cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring often.

2. Add rest of ingredients, bring to boil.

3. Reduce heat to low, cover, and let simmer 25-30 minutes. DO NOT open lid while simmering, or the rice wont come out right. Fluff with a fork.

I did not have any diced canned green chiles, so I cut up one of my garden salsa peppers (fresh from the garden) & sauteed it with the onions, garlic & rice.

I served this with some chicken quesadillas.


Joelen said...

It looks great! Cooks Illustrated has a great mexican rice recipe too (I have it in my blog as well). But as for regular rice, I know friends who had trouble with it. Regardless of how much you cook and what you cook it in, the key is adding the right amount of liquid. I wish you lived closer so I can show you first hand (its easier to show hands on versus describe... but I think I've tried to but it can be confusing - lol)

The Rastafarian's Kitchen said...

yum! i've been looking for a good spanish rice recipe for awhile..the storebought stuff just doesn't do any justice. i'll be trying this one soon!