May 5, 2011

Authentic Mexican Rice

I had a dream last night about a very dear friend of mine, almost like a second Mom to me, that passed away last August after a very courageous battle with cancer. I won't go into the details of the dream but it is sort of ironic that I had planned on posting this today in honor of Cinco De Mayo.

I can accredit her with all of my Mexican cooking skills. Starting from a young age, I would sit in her kitchen during the Summers we spent in Michigan and help her cook. Everything from flour tortillas to beans, rice and everything in between. Some of them are still a work in progress but one thing I have mastered is the rice fluffy, tender and delicious. Just like she used to make it.

Esmer's Rice
1 cup long grain white rice, preferably Comet brand* see note
2.5 cups water
1.5 tablespoons tomato knorr or tomato bouillon 
1 garlic clove, minced
1 green bell pepper, sliced thick
1-2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Stir together the water and knorr, heat in the microwave on high for 4 minutes.
Meanwhile, In a large skillet heat oil over medium/high heat, add the rice and garlic, saute for 3 minutes then add the bell pepper, stirring constantly to prevent burning. Continue to cook the rice until lightly browned.
Add the hot water/knorr mixture and bring to boil. DO NOT STIR, VERY IMPORTANT!
Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for approx 20 minutes or until all the water has evaporated. AGAIN, DO NOT STIR! VERY IMPORTANT!
Let sit for 5 minutes before serving.

NOTE* Comet Rice can be found in most stores throughout Texas. However, I do not live in Texas and can only get my hands on it when I go. Any long grain white rice will do but I find that La Preferida is a close second to Comet. There is something about how the rice fluffs when it is cooked :)

A necessity for Mexican Cuisine!

Time to cover and simmer

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The Country Cook said...

This sounds really good! Love the garlic in there. And I love that you learned it from someone so close to you. Her memory lives on through you and this dish that you make in her honor!

claire said...

looks perfect for cinco de mayo! if i wasnt heading straight to a patio after work, i would make this!

Holly said...

I have only attempted homemade Spanish rice once and I hated it. Ill have to give this a try : ) Sounds great!

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