By Felina on July 20, 2009
Photo by lizbits
Photo by lizbits
"I love Aaron Sanchez. He is one of my favorite TV chefs. He runs a number of restaurants. The one he runs with his mother is called Zarela's, his mother's first name. He was on a show called, "The Best Thing I Ever Ate" with his mother. His choice was Zarela's creamy, cheesy rice dish. This is what Zarela wrote after the show. I am posting it here so I don't lose the recipe. "I was just on the Food Network show The Best Thing I Ever Ate with my son, chef and Food Network star, Aaron Sanchez and within minutes viewers were going to my web site www.zarela.com, signing up for updates and writing me to share the recipe. Thank you very much for your interest and I hope you enjoy our famous creamy rice casserole. This is a superior party dish that can be easily pre-assembled and reheated just prior to serving. This is why it is high on the list of all caterers in Northern Mexico, myself included. What makes it a favorite of all eaters is that it has layers of flavors - creamy and hot, crunchy corn kernels, and the cilantro adds a refreshing after-taste.""
Serving Size: 1 (416 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 4
"I liked this a lot- I'm soooo full right now!! Added a can of chickpeas and served it for meatless Monday. Also used 2 cans of diced roasted green chilies instead of doing the hard work myself. I didn't use all the rice, just as much as the wet ingredients would allow and still ended up with a ton. This will be a great potluck go-to. Thanks for posting!"
"Delish!!! Will be making this again, and again. Family loved it !"
"oh, this was sooooooooo good. I made a couple changes...I followed the previous reviewers advice and added the can of cream of chicken soup. I also used 2 cans of chopped mild chiles in place of the poblanos, and served with a little salsa. Fantastic! I could have licked the plate clean! Thanks for posting."
"I thought this was delicious! I added a can of cream of chicken soup because it definitely looked like there wasnt enough sour cream mixture and I didnt have any extra on hand. Definitely will make again!"
"This was delicious! I will definitely be making this again even though I thought roasting the poblano peppers and peeling them was a bit of a pain but well worth it. My kids loved it too. My somewhat picky 4 yr old told me he wanted to eat it every day! I made it exactly as stated."
"For the dryness try: 2 c. sour cream 1/2 cup onion finely chopped 1 small garlic clove finely minced 1/4 c. cilantro finely chopped salt to taste Combine all ingredients and let stand for 5 minutes to blend flavors"
"I, too, saw this on the Food Network, and couldn't wait to make this dish. It was as great as Aaron had described, truly one of the most flavourful, richest dishes I've ever had, up there with fresh morels sauteed with onion, garlic, salt, pepper, butter and cream. The only thing I'd change (although this dish is perfect for my taste) is the addition of the 1/4 cup of onions that are added to the sour cream. As they go into the baking dish raw, they do not cook completely, and some people I'd normally serve this to aren't too fond of raw, crunchy onions. But, for my taste, the dish is truly perfect as-is. This crunch of raw onions was actually a highlight to my taste buds. Wow! Thanks, Aaron's Mom!"
"I felt like it needed a little more of the sour cream mix. The taste was very good, but a little dry. I made 1/2 recipe. Will try it again tweaking the moisture a bit."
"I love Aaron Sanchez...this is an amazing recipe."