Basic spanish rice

Yield: 4 Servings

Measure Ingredient
4 mediums Tomatoes -- quartered
2¼ cup Water
1 small Onion -- chopped
1 cup Brown rice
2 teaspoons Garlic paste
1 teaspoon Seasoned salt
5 drops Tabasco sauce
1 teaspoon Molasses
1 cup Chopped tomatoes
½ cup Chopped fresh parsley
½ cup Canned tomato sauce
½ large Green pepper -- diced

Place quartered tomatoes and water in blender jar; puree. Pour into large pot, add onion, and boil. Add rice, garlic paste, salt, Tabasco, and molasses. Lower heat and simmer, covered, until rice has absorbed almost all the water, usually 40-45 minutes. Add chopped tomatoes, parsley, and tomato sauce, stir well, and cover.

Fry bacon crisp in skillet; remove and blot on paper towels. Saute green pepper in bacon drippings; remove using slotted spoon and add to rise mixture. Crumble bacon and add to rice mixture. Mix well and remove from heat.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly oil bottom of 1-quart casserole; pour rice mixture into it and bake for 20 minutes, or until rice is tender. Yield: 3 cups.

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