KS’s Mixed Rice

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:

Ingredients:

  • 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)

Cooking:
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.

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2 Comments to “KS’s Mixed Rice”

  1. Oooo… I like where this is going! Well, I like bacon and I would follow it anywhere. 🙂 Yum!!!

  2. I would suggest putting all the seasonings in with the greens so that the flavors infuse the oil. I don’t usually measure seasonings but more paprika than nutmeg — like teaspoon paprika to 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg. Also, salt please!!! There is not that much bacon against all that rice. Boxed stock might have been too clear – my homemade stock had been cooked down with onions, celery, carrots and some herbs.

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