Friday, January 23, 2015

Great Spanish Rice!

This is the Spanish Rice recipe that I grew up with and has been a favorite with my own family.
1/2 lb bacon, diced
1c rice
1/2c diced onion
1/4c diced bell pepper
1lb can tomatoes
2c water
1/4c ketchup
1t salt
1t pepper
(Dash of cumin if you like)
Fry bacon till crisp, set aside reserving drippings. Saute rice, onion and bell pepper in drippings for about 2 min. Add back bacon and add remaining ingredients. Cover and simmer until rice has absorbed all liquid. (about 45 min).
If I have home canned tomatoes I use 1 quart of diced or whole tomatoes (just squish them with your hands). If you only have tomato juice, add about 1c juice and the 2c water. This can be made more spicy if you like with either a pinch of red pepper flakes or cayenne, or a few diced jalapenos.