Wednesday, July 8, 2009

One-Pan Spanish Rice: Great COOL DAY Recipe!

Is it FALL?

Nope, the calendar says JULY.


The other day it was cold, blustery and rainy and dark. I DO MEAN COLD. Fifties, needed a heavy jacket and wanted a blanket when I was sitting outside.

(It felt like fall. In fact, most of the summer here in Michigan has felt like fall, sorry to say. That pool out there? Swam in it once. Argh!)

This "SPANISH RICE" dish hit the spot on that damp, cold day: it's filling, hot and goes on the table quickly, especially if your burger or ground turkey or venison is pre-browned, and even faster if you've canned your own salsa and can spare a jar to throw in the pan, it will save you from chopping the garlic, onions and green peppers!

I serve it with bread and butter and a salad....but it would be a great side dish for taco or fajita night! (It's also one of those dishes that is even BETTER as a leftover for lunch the next day!)

Here's the recipe!

(Great to make in your large black cast iron fryin' pan or in your dutch oven!)

1 lb. ground beef/turkey/venison
1 c. chopped onion
1/2 c. chopped green pepper
1 garlic clove, minced
1 T. chili powder (or to taste)
1 bottle (32 oz.) tomato or V-8 juice (or use your own canned tomato juice, or salsa!)
1 c. uncooked long grain rice
1/2 t. salt (or to taste)
Coarsely ground black pepper to taste

In a skillet, brown ground beef; drain. Stir in the onion, green pepper, garlic and chili powder. Cook and stir until the vegetables are tender. Stir in remaining ingredients, bring to a boil. REDUCE HEAT; cover, and simmer for 20-25 minutes until the rice is tender and most of the liquid is absorbed. (Watch closely, you may need to add a little extra water if you see it drying out.)




Sue said...

This recipe looks great....and I hear you on no summer this summer. I am STILL wearing my flannels. Sorry you haven't been able to use your pool much, but I am LOVING this coolness,though the tomatoes and peppers would sure love a good warm spell.

Carol Murdock said...

The weather is crazy this year! We had August in June, now it's June in July, what's next? I hope April in August! HA! The rice looks yummy!

Farmgirl Cyn said...

Boy, oh boy! I know what you mean! It has been really chilly here. Low's last night around 50, with high's in the low to mid 70's...WHAT THE HECK??? My tomatoes are begging for some heat!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Thanks for the recipe! I love trying new dishes with rice! I have even bought some different varieties of rice to try!

Elenka said...

Sitting here in my fleece, long pants and sox, this looks like something I could roll around in! (to get warm....)
Really, I'm going to print this, it looks wonderful !! Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Hi Joni, thank you for your kind comment about my cake! It sounds like we both have a busy July indeed. I love having my birthday on the 4th but now that I live over here it is not quite the same. Still people find it really funny when they find out I was born on the 4th, being American and all! Is it too late for me to enter your giveaway for the lovely flag ornament?

Thistle Cove Farm said...

This looks wonderful! It's been coolish here as well so good time for comfort food.