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How To Make Spanish Rice Like Your Favorite Mexican Restaurant

Posted by on Aug 7, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Make Spanish Rice Like Your Favorite Mexican Restaurant

Whether you’re making it at home or visiting your favorite local Mexican restaurant, one side dish that’s synonymous with Mexican meals is rice. Spanish rice, traditionally made with tomatoes and peppers, is packed with flavor and makes a fantastic accompaniment to dishes known for their big flavors. If you have always enjoyed the flavor of Spanish rice but didn’t know how to reproduce it yourself, this is the article for you. Here’s a look at what you need to know to produce a Spanish rice dish that’s packed with Mexican spices and bold flavors. Gather Your Ingredients The first step to a great Spanish rice is to start with great ingredients. 4 tablespoons of salted butter 2 cups dry instant rice 1 small yellow onion, diced 1 red bell pepper, diced 1 green bell pepper, diced 1 jalapeno, seeded and diced 1 garlic clove, minced 1 14-ounce can of diced tomatoes 1 cup of beef broth 1 bay leaf 1 tablespoon chili powder 1/2 teaspoon sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon black pepper Preparation Tips Open the can of tomatoes, but don’t drain them. You’ll want that canning liquid to help saturate the tomato flavor into the rice. When you seed and dice the jalapeno, consider wearing plastic disposable gloves to protect your skin and reduce the risk of spreading pepper into your eyes. Dice up all of the vegetables ahead of time so that you’re ready to put everything in the pan as you reach the proper stage for the addition. Making the Rice You’ll want to use a Dutch oven or other large pot for your rice, because the thick base of these types of pots holds heat more evenly. This may help reduce the risk of burning the rice if you get distracted and forget to stir. It also gives you lots of room for the broth to bubble and help cook the rice. Put the butter into the pot over medium heat. Let the butter melt, then add the rice and stir it around until it starts to toast. Then, add the onion, peppers and garlic. Stir the mixture constantly so that the garlic doesn’t burn. You’ll want to cook these things together for about five minutes. Then, add the can of tomatoes, liquid included. Stir it well to coat everything in the pan. Slowly add the beef broth, stirring thoroughly. Drop in the bay leaf, then add the chili powder, sugar and black pepper. If you used a low-sodium broth, add the salt. If not, taste the broth to see if it’s salty enough or if it needs a bit of salt. Add it if necessary. Bring the whole mixture to a boil over medium-high heat. Then, cover the pot and lower the heat to medium-low. Let the rice simmer until it’s cooked through and the liquid is absorbed, about 15 to 20 minutes. Modifications and Serving Suggestions Spanish rice is a versatile base for many things. Create an entire meal out of the dish by adding cooked chorizo or smoked sausage and a half-cup of frozen corn kernels about 5 minutes before the rice is done. You can also serve this without any mix-ins and just top it with a bit of Colby jack cheese. The creamy texture of the melted cheese adds...

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Three Simple Desserts That Accentuate The Flavors Of High Quality Dark Chocolate

Posted by on Jul 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Simple Desserts That Accentuate The Flavors Of High Quality Dark Chocolate

When you have high quality, gourmet chocolate, you want to enjoy it in a way that allows its flavors to shine, rather than camouflaging it with too many other ingredients. That’s not to say you always have to enjoy your gourmet chocolate plain. Here are three simple dessert recipes that accentuate the flavors of good chocolate. Chocolate Drizzled Berry Bowls This simple dessert is a light choice that’s perfect after a hearty meal. With plenty of fresh berries and dark chocolate, it’s also pretty healthy. The recipe makes enough for four, but it’s easily doubled if you’re having company. Ingredients: 4 chocolate dessert cups 1/2 cup fresh blueberries 1/2 cup fresh raspberries 4 medium strawberries 1/2 cup high-quality dark chocolate, cut into small chunks Start by dividing the blueberries and raspberries between the dessert cups. If you desire, you can fan each of the strawberries by making several vertical cuts, starting at the tip of the strawberry, and going almost all of the way to the stem end. Slide the partial slices apart to reveal a fan shape. Set the strawberries and the filled bowls aside. To melt the chocolate, fill the bottom portion of a double boiler with water, and bring it to a boil. Place the chocolate in the top part of the double boiler, and stir constantly until it melts. Make sure you keep the heat on low so that the chocolate does not melt too quickly and become scorched. When the chocolate is fully melted, drizzle it over the berries in the dessert cups. Place a strawberry on top of each cup, and serve immediately before the chocolate has a chance to harden. Simple Ganache Over Vanilla Ice Cream When you want something cool and refreshing in the summer, serve yourself a bowl of this elegant, yet easy-to-make dessert. Ganache preserves the true flavor of good chocolate, since the only ingredients in it are heavy cream, chocolate, and a dash of salt. The vanilla ice cream lets the ganache really shine as the key element of the dish. Ingredients: 1 cup heavy cream 1 1/2 cups high-quality dark chocolate, chopped coarsely 1 pinch of salt 1/2 gallon high-quality vanilla ice cream Pour the cream and salt into a heavy bottomed sauce pan. Heat the cream just until bubbles start to form around its edges — do not let it boil. Remove the cream from the heat, and stir in the chocolate until a smooth sauce forms. Serve this sauce, while warm, over bowls of the vanilla ice cream. Salted Caramel Fondue Fondue is a lot of fun to enjoy at parties. Serving this chocolate-based fondue will keep the party going after dinner by encouraging guests to interact and giggle over the dipping pot. With a base of dark chocolate, this fondue also contains a hint of caramel and sea salt. It’s magnificent on everything from apples to marshmallows. This recipe requires an electric fondue pot. Ingredients: 2 cups high-quality dark chocolate, chopped 1 tablespoon unsalted butter 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt 1/4 cup caramel sauce Turn your fondue pot on low, and allow it to come up to temperature. Add the ingredients to the pot, and stir gently until the chocolate is completely melted and the mixture is smooth. Allow guests to dip their own...

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