Thursday, December 11, 2008

Tasteful Thursday: Red Rice

Today my nephew (and new big brother to Caroline), Jackson, will be demonstrating a family favorite, Red Rice, being prepared in a rice cooker. This is a simple side dish that can be doing it's magic in the rice cooker, while you are preparing some other culinary goodness on the stove.

Our ingredient list is short and simple:

Rice/Water according to rice cooker directions: I use two to one - two cups of liquid to one cup of rice - as a rule of thumb. Mostly I rely on that measurement because I can't ever find the dadgum measuring cup that came with the rice cooker. It is lost in the Tupperware cabinet - where no woman would dare to go alone. I digress...
1/2 pkg bacon, chopped
medium onion, chopped
Goya Sazon seasoning pkt.
Salt and Pepper

Sautee bacon and onion in a pan until onions are tender - they start looking opaque -that's the fancy word for "see through" for my Mississippi kin folk.

Have your precious nephew, if you are so lucky, combine rice, water, and salt and pepper in the rice cooker. Also add the bacon and onions once they are done up right.

Now for the secret ingredient. You can find this in the ethnic food isle with Hispanic food stuffs. Put one little envelope in your rice pot.

Lookey there, Aunt Kim, it turned that water red! Jackson is so astute, takes after his Auntie in that regard! Turn on the rice cooker and let the steaming begin. Of course I got busy after these photos trying to keep Jack from tormenting Pedro Kitty and forgot to take a photo of the finished product. But it was um, um, good. Give it a try and tell me what you think.

How about you? Do you like having help in the kitchen or do you prefer to go it alone? I'd love to know!


Anonymous said...

How can it not be good with all that bacon? I love bacon.... my mouth is watering but my arteries are hurting.

Lula! said...

I completely just printed this one out. And--kid you not--I'm asking for a rice cooker for Christmas. I've always wanted one, and then I saw this recipe and my want turned into extreme, passionate desire. FABULOUS! We will be eating this very soon, my friend.

An Accomplished Woman said...

Your nephew is adorable. I love red rice and I am going to so try this recipe.

Mama Wheaton said...

I need a rice cooker, do you know id this can be done without one?

KimmyJ said...

You can prepare this dish on the stovetop, just boil for 20 minutes covered on low heat - no peaking!

Queenie Jeannie said...

I'm making dirty rice for dinner tonight! Must be a theme today or something, lol!

I prefer, and insist, on being alone in the kitchen!!! Every once in a while The Bella can help, but usually it's just me.

Kim H. said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog - you are my friend in spirit if you like BLT's....must be a bacon kind of week - that recipe sounds delish! Did you find your way to my blog from An Accomplished Woman? I'm guessing so....SHE IS AMAZING!

Anyway, I'll be back - and anybody with the name Kimmy has to be a gem! :)

momma said...

you have such a cute helper. i, too, have a cute helper. my son is always with me when i cook. we call him "little chef" around the house. he is so good with recipes, he will remind me if i forget something or leave something out!

(from sits)

Tiffany said...

I am eating anything that cutie pie is cooking. What a face!