Side Essentials: Awesome Spanish Rice

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Andy Anderson !

By
@ThePretentiousChef

This an easy side dish to assemble, with simple ingredients that you probably have at hand. Serve it with other South-of-the-Border favorites, like tacos, burritos, enchiladas… you get the idea. And do not forget a nice big pitcher of margaritas.

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.

Rating:

★★★★★ 1 vote

Comments:
Serves:
3 - 4
Prep:
10 Min
Cook:
20 Min
Method:
Stove Top

Ingredients

  • PLAN/PURCHASE

  • 2 Tbsp
    sweet butter, unsalted
  • 1 Tbsp
    grapeseed oil
  • 1 c
    long-grain white rice, uncooked
  • 3 Tbsp
    yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp
    salt, kosher variety
  • 1/2 tsp
    ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp
    dried oregano
  • ·
    black pepper, freshly ground, to taste
  • 1 Tbsp
    tomato paste
  • 14 oz
    chopped tomatoes, drained, one can

  • 1 1/2 c
    chicken stock, not broth

  • ADDITIONAL ITEMS

  • 1 large
    lime
  • ·
    cilantro, for garnish
  • ·
    black olives, sliced
  • OPTIONAL ITEMS

  • ·
    crushed red pepper flakes
  • ·
    paprika, hot or mild
  • ·
    chopped jalapeno
  • ·
    sour cream
  • ·
    more cumin :-)

How to Make Side Essentials: Awesome Spanish Rice

Step-by-Step

  1. PREP/PREPARE
  2. You can use fresh tomatoes for this dish; however, I find that canned tomatoes work quite well. If you are on the lookout for good “canned” tomatoes I wrote two articles on that subject:

    THE BEST CANNED TOMATOES
    Cooking Class: The Best Canned Tomatoes

    REMOVING THE BITTER TASTE FROM CANNED TOMATOES
    Removing the Bitter Taste from Canned Tomatoes
  3. Gather your Ingredients (mise en place).
  4. Add the butter and oil to a saucepan over medium heat.
  5. Chef’s Note: the saucepan should have a tight-fitting lid, and be big enough to hold all the ingredients… this is a one-pan recipe.
  6. When the foaming subsides, add the rice, and stir to combine with the oil and butter.
  7. Continue to stir until the rice begins to turn translucent, about 3 – 5 minutes.
  8. Add the onions and garlic, and stir for an additional 2 minutes.
  9. Add the salt, cumin, oregano, black pepper, and stir to combine, about 30 seconds.
  10. Add the tomatoes, and tomato paste.
  11. Stir to combine, about 30 seconds.
  12. Add the chicken stock, stir to combine, reduce the heat to medium low, cover, and allow to simmer for 20 minutes.
  13. Take off the heat, and fluff with a fork or wooden spoon.
  14. PLATE/PRESENT
  15. Before serving, cut the lime in half, and squeeze half over the warm rice, then cut the remaining half into wedges, and serve with the rice, garnish with chopped cilantro (if using). Enjoy.
  16. Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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About Side Essentials: Awesome Spanish Rice

Course/Dish: Rice Sides
Main Ingredient: Rice/Grains
Regional Style: Spanish




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