Sunday, March 13, 2011

Arroz Verde

Just as promised, here is a GREEN recipe. Yes, it IS a rice recipe but it's such a fun dish to whip up around the four leaf clover holiday. It's easy and a nice change to the regular ol' side of white rice. Also, most of the ingredients you will have in your house. Easy stuff, I'm tellin ya.

Ok, so begin with a blender and 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro, 1 cup fresh spinach, and 1 1/4 cup gluten free chicken broth.

Give it a good blending then add 1 1/4 cup milk.

Now puree the milk in with the broth/greens mixture until nice and smooth.

Now take 1 1/2 cups white rice and rinse it well.

Now in a rice saucepan, warm up 2 tablespoons olive oil, then add the rice, 1/2 cup minced onion, and 1 teaspoon bottled garlic (or 1 garlic clove or 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder). Stir rice mixture constantly on medium/high heat to toast the rice.

Now dash in about 1/4 teaspoon salt to the rice mixture continuing to stir well. When rice is starting to brown slightly and starts to get a toasted smell carefully pour in the broth/milk/greens mixture stirring well. Bring to a boil, lower heat to a simmer, cover, and cook for about 20-30 minutes.

After 20-30 minutes remove pan from heat but do not remove the lid. Allow rice to steam while cooling for about 10 minutes.

Dash with additional salt if desired and serve :)

Seeeeeee green rice, Arroz Verde  :)

Arroz Verde

1/2 cup fresh cilantro chopped
1 cup fresh spinach
1 1/4 cup gluten free chicken broth
1 1/4 cup milk
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 cup white rice
1/2 cup diced onion
1 teaspoon bottled garlic or 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder or 1 minced garlic clove
1/4-1/2 teaspoon salt (to taste)

In a blender, puree spinach, cilantro, and chicken broth. Add milk and blend again then set aside. In a medium rice pot or saucepan warm up olive oil then add the rice, minced onion and garlic. Stir rice mixture constantly on medium/high heat to toast the rice. Sprinkle in salt and continue stirring rice allowing it to brown slightly. When rice starts to have a toasted smell and starts to brown, slowly pour in broth/milk/greens mixture. Bring to a boil, lower heat, cover and simmer for 20-30 minutes. When rice is done cooking, remove pan from heat and do not remove lid. Allow rice to steam while cooling for about 7-10 minutes. Then rice is ready for serving :)

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