Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Arroz Blanco (Mexican Rice Pilaf)



Arroz Blanco is a staple I keep in my arsenal. It’s a basic Mexican style rice pilaf to serve as a side or add to other dishes. Unlike its cousin Spanish rice, this recipe is tomato free.

This weekend I served Arroz Blanco under saucy Pollo en Mole Verde, but it’s also a nice side for fish dishes.

Arroz Blanco
Hot toasted pilaf is hard to resist.
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2 tablespoons light colored oil
1/2 onion, diced
1 1/2 cups medium grain white rice
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
2 1/2 cups low sodium chicken broth

1. Heat the oil to a large skillet over medium high. Add the onion and cook for 2 minutes. Add the rice and cook until most of it turns translucent and some of the kernels start to golden brown.

2. Add the garlic, parsley, salt and lime juice. Cook for 30 seconds until garlic is fragrant. Add the broth and bring to a simmer.

3. Turn the heat to low and cover skillet. Cook for 17 to 20 minutes. Turn off heat and keep covered for 5 minutes before serving.

Note: For a vegan version use vegetable broth.

Recipe and photograph by Laura Flowers.



17 comments:

RFR said...

I am soooo behind on your posts. I missed fettucini, gnocchi and the diplomatically titled People's Chocolate cheesecake!!!!

Mari said...

You are moving right up from Texan in training to full-fledged southern girl.

The Cooking Photographer said...

I'm working on it Mari. Maybe Texas will accept me into their state soon.

L

Pink Little Cake said...

I love rice, and I make it every day at home. Love the picture Laura.

Monica said...

Sounds delicious..bookmarked :)

Dawn said...

How festive for Cinco de Mayo!

Joanne said...

I always have no idea what side dish I should make with Mexican food. Laura to the rescue!

Aisha Jameel said...

That looks delicious :)
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Sue said...

I need to try this alternative to Spanish rice. It looks more fresh and light!

Morgan said...

This looks soooo good!! I have to make this STAT

Veronica said...

I've never made this--I will try it with my next Mex meal!

Chelsea said...

This is so much different from my usual take on Mexican rice! I'll have to give it a try!

FamilySpice said...

Yum! Pass me a margarita!

Anonymous said...

cilantro instead of parsley would be nice too :)

The Cooking Photographer said...

CIlantro is a great idea. Love cilantro!

Spicie Foodie said...

Hi, I found your blog through Family of Spice. It's great as are all of your recipes. Your Arroz Blanco immediately transported me back to my mom's table in Mexico. Thanks for sharing and lovely photo :)

Spicie Foodie said...

Hi, I found your blog through Family of Spice. It's great as are all of your recipes. Your Arroz Blanco immediately transported me back to my mom's table in Mexico. Thanks for sharing and lovely photo :)

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