Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Spanish Rice

We like to cook at our house and it seems we have got a lot of favorites.  It seems we are always looking for ways to make meals like Cafe Rio and other great Mexican restaurants.  One
thing we hadn't ever tried and succeeded at was Spanish Rice.
I think we have finally found a great recipe!
We adapted the recipe from one found at http://www.mmmcafe.blogspot.com/ and it was yummy!!!!  I think our rice days have just gotten better!  We haven't liked the packets because the rice has been too wet or runny.  This recipe is a drier rice, which is what we were looking for!

Here is our version (forgot to get a picture and it was all gone!!!)

Spanish Rice
(adapted from mmmcafe recipe)
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 onion, chopped fine
1 tbsp minced garlic (we used 3-4 cloves minced)
2 cups dry rice
1 cup chicken broth or stock
1 heaping tbsp tomato paste
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp salt

Cook your rice according to directions.

In a large skillet, heat 2 tbsp olive oil.  Add onion and garlic and let cook for a minute or so.  Add your rice and stirring frequently for about 4 minutes.

In a separate sauce pan, bring your chicken stock or broth to a simmer.  Add tomato paste, chili powder, oregano and salt.  Bring to a simmer again.

Add to the rice and let sauce incorporate into the rice.  Here is where you can cook longer to dry the rice again or cook less to have a more saucy rice.

Enjoy with all your mexican dishes!