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Everyday rice

February 14th, 2011 · No Comments · Cooking, Family, Recipes

Every weekend I make a batch of Everyday Rice to keep in the fridge for the week.  I just put an amount in a container, add a teaspoon or so of chicken broth, and microwave whenever I need it.  This makes a fantastic side side or a filler in breakfast burritos – even my picky eaters will devour this when I add it into those.  This rice is best made in a well seasoned cast iron skillet rather than a pot, but I needed a LOT of rice to take to my sister in law, Teressa’s, house and called Mama to ask if it would turn out if I cooked it into a stockpot.  I was told no and she advised taking my own skillets if I was concerned Teressa wouldn’t have extras.  So I did.  I used the Salad Master skillet given to me by my Mom years ago and my dear Grammy’s that I inherited last Spring when she passed — I didn’t feel like lugging cast iron down there and besides, I only have one!

While Teressa cut up chicken for her fajitas, I set to work cooking the rice.  I started with about 2 tablespoons of bacon grease in each skillet then added a little chopped garlic and half a chopped onion.  Use high heat for this part.

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After a minute or two I added 1 1/2 cups of pearl rice to each skillet and let that cook for several minutes.  Mama says you can use any rice but she prefers “fancy”, which is pearl.

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After a few minutes the rice will get whiter and the onions will start to brown.  This is good.  This is heaven.

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I added 3 cups of chicken broth and about 2 teaspoons of chili powder to each skillet then salt and peppered well.

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Turn the heat down to low, or even off, and cover the skillet to let it sit for about 20 minutes.  After that you can check to see if it needs more cooking time or a little more broth.  I usually turn the heat back to low just to finalize the cooking and evaporate any remaining broth.  You’ll be rewarded with this —

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Mama taught me to add a few peas and some shredded carrots at this point, maybe even a diced tomato if I was in the mood.  For this dinner I just added a few peas for color.

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Look what you just made!  Enjoy!

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