Green Rice

Green Rice

Carmen green rice

Arroz Verde (Green Rice)

By Carmen Garcia

Green Rice.  Sounds weird but I promise you…this is one strikingly delicious side dish!  No dyes and so fresh, so vibrant, so beautiful!  Carmen first brought this at a staff lunch and we were all giving each other the same exact face you are making right now.  Since tasting it – we ALWAYS make her bring us “The Green Rice”.

Once you try it – you will love it too!  Comment and tell us how it turned out for you.


INGREDIENTS
  • 2 cups tightly packed fresh spinach leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup minced onion
  • 1/2 package of bacon
  • 2-1/2 cups water or vegetable stock
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1-1/2 cups long-grain rice
  • 1 jalapeno seeds removed, minced (optional)

  1. To a blender or food processor, add spinach, garlic, onion, water / stock and salt. Puree until smooth and well combined. Set aside.
  2. Cut bacon into 1/2 inch pieces and fry over MED heat until crispy.  Drain bacon, reserving 1 T bacon grease and set bacon aside.
  3. Saute rice in bacon grease, stirring often, until it starts to toast and turn golden brown. This will take about 3 minutes or so.
  4. Pour in pureed mixture, stirring to combine well.
  5. Increase heat to HIGH to bring to a boil. Once it boils, reduce heat to LOW, cover with lid, and cook for 20 minutes.
  6. Stir rice once, cover pan again and cook another 5 minutes.
  7. Turn off the heat and let rice sit in the covered pot for 10 minutes.
  8. Fluff with a fork and serve.

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