So, yesterday KS brought in a super yummy, kind of a dirty rice that she whipped up. So good I tried to re-create it last night with somewhat success. No pictures because I ate it before I thought to take any, but I will definitely try it again with tweaks to what I did wrong. But here’s a breakdown of how it’s generally made:
- 4 slices of bacon
- Kale (or chard or whatever sturdy green you like). I used about 4-5 big leaves of kale, although KS used chard because that’s what she had in her garden.
- 2 cups chicken stock
- 1 cup of basmati rice
- Minced garlic
- Seasonings (salt, pepper, paprika, nutmeg)
Slice up the bacon and let it cook up in a pot. Add the minced garlic, stir and let hang out a bit. Add chopped greens. I added some diced tomatoes, too. Let the greens wilt down a bit. Add the rice, stir and let that hang out a bit while everything soaks up all that bacon fat goodness. Add chicken stock and seasonings. Cover and let cook per rice instructions.
What I did wrong:
I figured the bacon would add enough saltiness so didn’t add any to the stock, which was also unsalted. My bad — it needed quite a bit of salt. Also, I couldn’t find any basmati rice at the market other than the big ol’ lug-over-your-shoulder size, so I got a small bag of long grain rice. This didn’t work the same — the texture wasn’t right. Also I used smoked paprika, but I wish I had used regular paprika. It was definitely missing a little sumthin without it.
So, yea… next time, get basmati and kick up the seasonings. Maybe an extra slice or two of bacon. hehe. 🙂 Still, it was ok, but I’m tagging this a “FAIL” because it deserves a re-do. I’m looking forward to trying it again.