Friday, December 22, 2006

Spanish Rice

This recipe is quick, easy, delicious, and a kid pleaser. I've adapted it from The Frugle Gourmet's - Emily's Spanish Rice.

Ingredients Serves 4 as a main dish
1 T olive oil
1/2 to 3/4 lb of extra lean hamburger
1 sweet yellow onion, chopped
1 cup diced green, red, yellow ... whatever floats your boat ... pepper (I buy a frozen bag of mixed and have in the freezer.)
1/2 t. chili powder
1 cup water
1/2 cup beef broth
1/2 cup tomato sauce
1 T butter
1 cup converted rice*
2 T Worcestershire sauce
1/4 t. Tabasco
1/4 t. whole thyme leaves
1/2 t. salt (to taste)
black pepper (to taste)


Heat a large skillet (or Dutch oven) with a lid. Add the olive oil, hamburger and onions, sauteing until the meat is brown and onions are tender. Drain the meat of any fat if necessary. Add the green pepper and chili powder cooking an additional five minutes. All of the other ingredients get dumped in the pan and covered. Cook over low heat for about 25 minutes or until rice is tender.

*I use regular rice and add just a bit more water towards the end.
Tastes great topped with a little bit of grated cheddar cheese