Skip the pre-flavored rice packets from the store and use these three ideas to add flavor and put a bag of long grain rice to good use.
Course: Side Dish
Keyword: Flavored Rice
1tspChicken or Vegetable Base(or bouillon)
1TblButter or Margarine (optional)
1/2CupLong Grain White Rice
Option #1 - For Basic Flavored Rice also add:
Option #2 - For Herbed Rice also add:
1/2tspDried Minced Onion
Option #3 - For Spanish Rice also add:
1tspDried Minced Onion
1/2CupFrozen Corn (optional)
In a medium size saucepan, combine the water, the chicken or vegetable base, and the butter if using.
If you are making Option 1 for basic flavored rice, add the parsley, onion powder, and garlic salt to the pan.
If you are making Option 2 for the herbed rice, add the parsley, minced onion, sage, and celery salt to the pan.
If you are making Option 3 for the spanish rice, add the minced onion, salsa, (and corn if using) to the pan.
Then place your saucepan on the stove and bring your flavored water mixture to a boil. Once it is boiling, stir in your half cup of long grain rice.
Reduce the heat to low, cover the pan, and let things simmer for about 20 minutes or until the rice is softened and the water is absorbed.
Remove from the heat, stir to fluff up the rice, and then serve.
1 cup of chicken broth or vegetable broth can also be used in place of the water and base/bouillon.If you substitute brown rice in these recipes, you will need to increase the cooking time to about 40 minutes.