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Old 03-06-2009, 01:44 AM   #1
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REC - Spanish Rice

This recipe was given to me by a coworker. His wife's mother handed this recipe down to her. I have been looking for a long time for a made from scratch recipe for Spanish Rice. Most of the ones I had found have been bland tasting. I have included some notes on modifications to the recipe that I made below.

Spanish Rice

1 cup long grain rice
1 small chopped onion
3 small cloves garlic chopped fine
1/3 cup oil
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. salt
1 can (13 oz.) chicken broth
Additional water

Brown the rice, onion and garlic over medium heat in the oil in a skillet with a tight fitting lid. As the onion and garlic soften, add the oregano, chili powder and cumin and stir. Cook for another two or three minutes then add salt and chicken broth. Add additional water, around 1/3 cup, to cover rice, stir one last time and bring to simmer. Lower heat and add the cover. Cook approximately 20-25 minutes and do not stir or open the lid. You will stop hearing the liquid simmer about this time.

The rice should be tender and all the liquid gone. If the rice still isn’t tender, add to cup more around the edges of rice and don’t stir. Re-cover the skillet and let rice take up new liquid.

Tomato sauce may be used instead of chicken broth. Use one small can and more liquid to equal 2- cups liquid in the skillet.


My Notes: This recipe was excellent!! It had great flavor and is definitely a keeper. Instead of adding the additional water I added a 10 oz. can of Hatch diced tomatoes with green chilies. I also omitted the salt. Because I like cumin and chile powder I also increased the amounts of those spices to 1 teaspoons each.

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Old 03-06-2009, 02:05 AM   #2
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This sounds delicious and with my DH on a rice and beans diet I know he'll enjoy it. Thank you Sierra!
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Old 03-07-2009, 07:09 PM   #3
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This sounds awesome! Will be adding to my rice recipe collection. I've been trying to cook it more! Thank you!!
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Old 03-07-2009, 07:13 PM   #4
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Yum-E! I like your modifications. I'll definitely try this because it sounds as though it has "character." You're right about other recipes tasting bland.
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Old 03-07-2009, 07:14 PM   #5
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I'd given up on finding a good Spanish Rice recipe. I'll try this one. Thanks!
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Old 03-08-2009, 01:46 AM   #6
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The leftovers are wonderful. This recipe I can see is going to be addicting. What I also like about it is the ingredients are most of the time are in my pantry, no going to the store for a special ingredient.
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Old 03-08-2009, 05:40 AM   #7
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I will join the ranks of including this recipe in my personal cookbook. Live the spices but especially like the suggestion to add the tomatoes.

Leftover rice is marvelous and a quick and easy bite for lunch.

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Old 03-08-2009, 09:15 AM   #8
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Have you made this with brown rice? Or beans? I'd imagine that brown rice would just cook longer? I only allow brown rice in the house, sometimes wild rice. My motto, if I'm going to eat grains, I'm going to make it as healthy as I can!
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Old 03-08-2009, 09:21 AM   #9
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The MAIN process to making flavorful rice is to fry it in oil, and you have to fry it alone until it swells and turns dark brown. You can cook it with onions, if you want to also carmelize them. But you can never cook or fry fresh garlic that long. It gets really bitter. Always add garlic at the very end of the cooking cycle. (My dos centavos.) Fully fried rice will really plump up once 'homemade" stock is added. The other ingredients in this rice dish look fine. Rice is like bread starter: it has its own personality.
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I'm definitely going to try this one...I've never found a Spanish rice recipe that was really satisfactory.
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