Jolene's Cumin Rice

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READY IN: 45mins
Recipe by Pierre Dance

My friend Jolene comes from a long and distinguished line of cooks in Odessa, Texas. This recipe is one from her family's traditions. My only change was to change the rice from long grain to white basmati. When Jolene tasted it my way she changed her recipe to basmati too.

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  1. Heat a large frying pan, cast iron works best, over med-high heat.
  2. Fry the bacon till crisp. remove, drain on paper towel.
  3. Saute (stir fry) onions and chilies in the drippings till onions are lightly browned.
  4. Add last four ingredients, mix well.
  5. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat, simmer 20 minutes. NO PEEKING !( If you lift the lid, heat escapes and that throws the timing all off.).
  6. Remove from heat, let it rest, covered, for 10 minutes.
  7. Fluff with a fork.
  8. Serve topped with the crisp bacon.

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