Spanish Rice

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 Yesterday I was in the mood for some Mexican food. I found a  nice recipe for Green Chili Pork.  done in the slow cooker.  Of course I had to wing it some. I put up several pints of Green Verde last summer so I used it in place of the green salsa called for.  I also didn’t have fresh cilantro so I used some dried instead.  It really turned out well. 

I had one jar of black beans left from last year and all I needed was to find a good Spanish rice recipe.  I’ve never had much luck at all with Spanish rice.  It’s usually either to dry or to drab so when I found this recipe I just had to try it. Since we ran out of propane a couple of days ago (don’t ask)  I found a recipe for Spanish Rice that could be done in the nuke machine.  I’m here to tell you it’s actually far and away the best I’ve made and I’m adding it to my “line-up”.

As usual I pretty much had to make it work with what I had on hand the original recipe was just a sort of a blueprint.  So here goes!

SPANISH RICE (Microwave)
 from COOKS.COM

1 lg. onion, chopped  (subbed re-hydrated onions)
1/4 c. chopped green pepper (subbed re-hydrated red and green bell peppers)
2 tbsp. butter
Water
1 c. stewed tomatoes, chopped and drained – save liquid (subbed my own salsa recipe and tomato juice)
1 c. long grain rice
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper

In 2 quart casserole combine onion, green pepper and butter. Cook on High 2 1/2 to 3 minutes. Add enough liquid out of tomatoes to make 2 cups. Add to dish with tomatoes, rice, salt and pepper. Cover. Cook on High for 5 minutes then on medium for 20 minutes. Stir only once. Let stand covered for 5 minutes. (Time may vary with each microwave.)

I re-hydrated onions and some green and red bell peppers and used them instead.  In place of the stewed tomatoes I used a cup of salsa. (my recipe for a wonderful salsa) 
and subbed a cup of homemade tomato sauce and one cup of water for stewed tomatoes and the saved liquid.. After that I actually followed the rest of the recipe.

So we had Verde Pork, Spanish Rice and Black beans.
Sorry I didn’t get a picture of the whole dinner but I promise you it was lip smacking good. I’ve finally found a Spanish Rice recipe I’m sure to be making again.  And again.