Monday, July 20, 2009

Sweet Spanish rice

This is a great rice dish to have with sausage, especially a mildly sweet or savory sausage instead of spicy hot ones. The very best rice you can use for this dish is the Spanish variety called Bomba. Italian rice called Arborio can be substituted if you can’t find Bomba.

If you’d prefer to have this as part of a vegetarian meal instead of with meat, serve it with a bean dish or tofu instead. It’s tasty enough to be the centerpiece of the meal :-)

Sweet Spanish Rice

Olive oil
Vidalia onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, diced
1/2 c cilantro
1 t cinnamon
1 t sage
Pinch of saffron threads (optional)
1 t salt
3 c chicken stock or water
1 c Bomba rice (or Arborio)

In a large heavy skillet with a cover, cook the onion and garlic in the olive oil on medium heat; do not brown them. Add the cilantro through the stock and bring to a boil while stirring. Stir in the rice, return to a boil, and then reduce the heat. Cook uncovered for 30 to 40 minutes. If you are going to serve with sausage, place the pre-cooked sausage slices over top the rice for the last 5 - 10 minutes.

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