This "kicked up" rice dish is a family favorite. If you have some saffron threads, add in a good pinch for even extra flavor. Make certain to use only converted rice for this recipe. If you do not like it spicy then use only a pinch or omit completely.
- 2 cups uncle ben's converted white rice
- 2 medium onions, coarsley chopped
- 1 cup green bell pepper, coarsley chopped
- 2 stalks celery, chopped
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic (or to taste)
- 3 -4 tablespoons butter
- 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes, with juice (try to use Italian-style tomatoes or similar they have more flavor than the regular)
- seasoning salt (can use regular salt)
- 1⁄8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (use more if you like spicy)
- 1 cup sliced large pimento stuffed olive
- 1⁄2 cup frozen peas (do not thaw)
- 1 cup canned sliced mushrooms
- 2 3⁄4 cups chicken broth
- In a oven-proof Dutch oven or a large frypan with an oven proof tight fitting lid, melt the butter.
- Saute the onions, garlic, celery and green pepper until soft (about 4-5 minutes).
- Add in the converted rice and mix with a wooden spoon for about 3 minutes.
- Carefully add in the chicken broth and diced tomatoes (with juice) along with all the remaining ingredients; stir to combine, and simmer on top of the stove on low heat for 5-6 minutes (just long enough for the mixture to boil).
- Set oven to 350 degrees.
- Cover with an oven-proof tight fitting lid and place in oven to cook for about 30-35 minutes or until the rice is at desired tenderness.
- Fluff with a fork.
Very very good. I fixed this with Kittencalskichen Chicken Enchiladas#170684 and they made for a wonderful Mexican meal. I didn't have any green olives (used them the other night for martinis) but followed the rest of the instructions. Definately a favorite. (Oh yes, I did cut this in half but we still had enough for leftovers). Thank you for a wonderful dish. Made for Think Pink Awareness 2010.
Excellent recipe, very tasty and simple. I'm not a huge green olive fan so I will cut it in half next time. I made this with my own carne asada recipe and it was a terrific dinner. Thanks Kit for posting it.
This is a very good spanish rice even thougt I just saw that I forgot to add cayenne pepper, pimento stuffed olive, frozen peas and mushrooms :( I written down the recipe like I always do but I forgot to write that part LOL But it's still very good. That way it's less salty (without the olives). Next time, I'll add the mushrooms and maybe the peas. Thanks Kit :) Made for 123 hit wonders.