Friday, December 16, 2011

Consume Rice

As a teenager if there was an occasion, be it Christmas or a fancy dinner, this was the rice or side dish that was served. And now that I know how to make it, I don't know why. Well, it is rich and oh so good. But not hard to make. I always eat way too much of it. When I make it, I make a huge batch. I put everything but the kitchen sink in it. I chop the veggies as small as my excellent knife skills allow so my picky child never knows that there is anything resembling a mushroom in it. The Beef Consume makes the rice so don't substitute it for beef broth, for you wont get the same results. Try it one night and it will become a favorite. We make it every Christmas alone with any other occasion.

Consume Rice
1 small onion diced
4 cloves garlic minced
1 cup diced portabello mushrooms.
1 green onion diced
1 can Campbell's Beef Consume Soup
1/2 can of water
2 cups Minute Rice Brown Rice (white works too)
2 TB butter separated

you wont need much butter. My dad makes it with just about the whole stick. Not necessary. Start with a TB
Melt in a saute pan
Add your dry rice and start toasting till brown. This really changes the flavor of the rice in the long run. It gives it a nutty flavor
While rice is browning. Dice up the baby portabella mushrooms. I get them as small as possible so the mushroom hating kids wont know they are in the rice
You only need about half a container or a cup diced
Now the rice is nice a brown. Add the rice to your baking dish
Add one more TB of butter to the hot pan and melt
add onions and mushroonms
Once the onions and mushrooms are cooked add one green onion that is diced. I split it down the stalk long ways and then slice
Add to the pan with the garlic
measure out your liquid so you are equal parts rice to liquid. For me it is one can of consume and one half can of water
Now your veggies are perfect. Doesn't the smell just kill you??
Add the veggies to the baking pan
add the liquid. Really this has only taken about 10 minutes to make. Its just that easy
Pop into a preheated 350 oven . Cook covered for one hour
I like when the sides and bottom get toasty brown, but if you dont then keep an eye on it in the oven and adjust your time


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