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Provençal Rice

21 Sep

With my stove out of commission for a few weeks, I resorted to my trusted friend the rice cooker to help me out in the kitchen.

This is a dish I used to order a lot as accompaniment when I used to eat at La Parrilla Argentina, a “fast food” joint found here in PR in mall food courts.  Never been to Argentina, it’s still in my to-travel list, but apparently this is a popular side dish too.  The name is “french” but that’s the way the named it at La Parrilla, I guess because it uses parsley and garlic.

It’s easy to make, delicious and you don’t need to occupy a stove range when making it.  I usually set the rice cooker and then go off to take a shower, meditate, and do other stuff without having to tend to the food itself.  Rice cookers are the best invention ever…

 Arroz Provencal

PROVENÇAL RICE

1 cup of whole grain, brown Texmati rice (I use the measure in my rice cooker… so I am not completely sure if my “cup” is the same size as yours)
1 tbs sofrito or  2 cloves of garlic, chopped
¼ cup minced flat leaf Italian parsley
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
Water
Salt
Olive oil

 

  1. Measure rice and wash well.
  2. Place in the rice cooker and fill with rice with about ¼ more than the rice cooker lines say.  Brown Texmati rice needs a bit more water than regular white rice.
  3. Add the sofrito, salt and olive oil to taste. Mix it all in a bit.  I usually pour about 1 tsp to 2 tsp of oil.  I learned to do this by “eyeballing” it.  Cover and turn the rice cooker on.
  4. In my rice cooker, when the chime goes off, I still need to let it rest for about 10-15 more minutes to make sure the steam finish cooking the rice.  After this time has passed, fluff the rice with a fork and stir in the parsley and the parmesan cheese.
  5. Let the flavors meld for about 5-10 minutes more and serve.

 

I had this rice with a tomato and avocado salad and french fries.  YUM!!

Rice and Soy Picadillo

7 Mar

This is a staple of Latin cuisine…  made the vegetarian way.    This is also another way to use they Soy Picadillo recipe I gave you guys a few weeks ago.

It’s amazing, but I have several non-vegetarian friends who regularly ask me to make this Soy Picadillo for them and their families.  They tell me they love to eat it as a filling for lasagna, on top of a baked potato, as an appetizer in “barquillitos”.  But the most popular way of eating it is on top of white rice… I still have not been able to convenience them to change to whole grain rice, but one has to pick their battles.  They’re eating soy picadillo already!!!!

 arroz-con-picadillo

RICE AND SOY PICADILLO

Soy Picadillo recipe here
Whole Grain Rice

 

Serve with a side salad and sweet plantains…  traditional Puerto Rican fare at its best.

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