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Grains, rice, and the like …

Ricotash

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This recipe was originally based on a friend’s arroz con pollo recipe, it has since evolved into a pseudo-succotash and chicken mixture served over steamed rice, which became affectionately referred to as “Ricotash”

Note: Adjust the measurements as needed. This recipe as-is serves 3-4.

Ingredients:

1 cup of each:
tomato sauce
sweet whole kernel corn (drained if from a can)
kidney beans (drained if from a can)
uncooked rice

1 1/2 to 2 cups cooked chicken

Adjust the following to taste:
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp Cajun or Creole seasoning (low salt preferred!)

Directions:

First get your rice going. I use a rice cooker and leave it to cook while I cook my chicken.

In a small saucepan mix tomato sauce, chicken, corn, and beans. Next, add your spices. Mix thoroughly and simmer about 10-15 minutes over medium/low heat.

Serve sauce mix over rice.

Note: unfortunately I didn’t take pictures the last time I made this, but I do have a picture of leftovers. 😉

Creole Jambalaya

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Recipe Source: Ruby Williams / Bogalusa, LA

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons butter or margarine
3/4 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
1 clove garlic, minced
2 cups cubed fully cooked ham,
1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 (10 1/2-ounce) can beef broth,
10 1/2 ounces water
1 cup uncooked long grain rice
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon dried crushed thyme leaves
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 1/2 pounds raw shrimp, peeled and deveined

Directions:

Melt the butter in a Dutch oven. Add the onion, celery, green pepper, parsley. and garlic. Cover and cook until tender. Add the ham, tomatoes, broth, water, rice, sugar, thyme, chili powder, and pepper. Cover and simmer until the rice is tender, about 25 minutes. Add the shrimp, and simmer until the shrimp are cooked through, about 10 minutes.

Yields 6 to 8 servings.

Tips: This recipe can be seasoned according to taste. Hot sauce can be added to make it fiery. Smoked sausage can substitute for the ham if desired.

Chicken Curry

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Recipe Source: Michelle Smith / New Castle, KY

Ingredients:

6 tablespoons butter or margarine
6 tablespoons flour
3 teaspoons curry powder (or to taste)
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1 1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 cups chicken broth
2 cups milk
4 cups shredded or cubed cooked chicken
1 teaspoon lemon juice
6 to 8 cups cooked white rice

Directions:

Melt butter over low heat in heavy saucepan. Blend in flour, curry powder, salt, ginger, sugar and onion. Cook until onions are translucent.

Gradually stir in chicken broth and milk. Stirring constantly, bring mixture to a boil and cook for 1 minute. Reduce heat to simmer; add cooked chicken and lemon juice. Heat through and serve over cooked rice.

Note: Fresh chicken broth is best, but canned or broth made from bouillon is good also. This dish is also great served over mashed potatoes or egg noodles instead of rice.

Rice Cooker Jambalaya

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Recipe Source: cooks.com

Ingredients:

1 lb. smoker sausage
1-1/2 cups raw rice
1 can onion soup
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 soup can water
1/2 stick butter (4 Tablespoons)
1/2 cup chopped bell pepper
1/2 cup chopped green onion

Directions:

Brown sausage and pour off grease. Put all ingredients in cooker and stir. Turn rice cooker to cook, stir when done.

Serves 4-6.

Red Rice

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Recipe Source: www.co.beaufort.sc.us / Dennis Adams (1998)

Ingredients:

2 cups rice
1 can (16 oz.) tomatoes
1 medium onion, chopped
1 smoked sausage, chopped small or diced
4 slices bacon
Salt and Pepper to taste
A dash of sugar
A dash or two powdered Seafood seasoning (optional), to taste

Directions:

In a pan, fry the bacon until brown (keep the bacon fat). Fry chopped onion in bacon fat until transparent (frying the uncooked rice along with the bacon will add a nice flavor). Add all other ingredients, bringing mixture to a boil. You may add the optional sea food seasoning powder at this point, or sprinkle it “dry” over the rice as a garnish after cooking. Reduce heat to simmer (lowest stove heat) and cook for 20 minutes until rice is done (in true Lowcountry fashion, do not stir or otherwise disturb the rice during cooking).

Cheesy Chicken Rice Casserole

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Recipe Source: recipezaar.com

Prep/Cooking Time: 50 min, 10 min prep

Ingredients:

3 small chicken breasts
1 cup cooked rice
3/4 cup cubed Velveeta cheese
1 (10 1/2 ounce) can cream of chicken soup
1/2 pint whipping cream
1/2 chicken bouillon cubes
pepper(optional)
4 ounces frozen mixed vegetables, of your choice (optional)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375. Cook rice as per directions on box or bag, more rice can be used but at least a cup. Combine can of cream of chicken with whipping cream, mix well. add chicken bullion cube. Take chicken breasts and slice into inch, inch and a half strips (if you want to keep them whole, adjust cooking time).Pour rice, cream of chicken mixture, and cheese into a medium sized casserole dish. Bury chicken strips into mixture. Add pepper to taste and veggies (optional). Mix well and cover with foil. Check chicken to see if it’s done after about 40 minutes, depends on if you kept them whole or how big the strips are.

Wild Rice Casserole

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Recipe Source: Betty Maithonis

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons salad oil
3 tablespoons chopped onion
1 pound lean ground beef
1 10 1/2-ounce can cream of chicken soup
1/2 cup water
3/4 teaspoon celery salt
3/4 teaspoon minced garlic
3/4 cup wild rice, cooked according to package directions, without salt

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Saute onion in oil in large skillet. Add ground beef and brown. Drain off grease. Stir in soup, water, seasonings, and cooked wild rice. Pour into a buttered casserole dish. Bake covered for 30 minutes.

Serves 6.

Western Casserole

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Recipe Source: Cookingfor7 / recipezaar.com

Prep/Cooking Time: 1¼ hours

Ingredients:

1 lb cooked lean ground beef, seasoned with taco seasoning
1 (10 ounce) can Rotel Tomatoes
1 (15 ounce) can ranch style beans
8 ounces tomato sauce
3/4 cup Minute Rice, uncooked
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided

Directions:

If cooking right away, pre-heat oven to 350°F.

Combine all ingredients except 1/2 cup cheese in a large casserole dish and bake for 45 minutes.

Sprinkle with remaining cheese and bake for another 15 minutes.

Nicki’s Notes:

If you are like I am, and prefer not to use “instant” rice products (like Minute Rice), simply cook your rice beforehand until about 3/4 of the way done and then add to casserole and follow the rest of the instructions.

Also, with the seasoning, I use anywhere from 1/2 to a whole packet per pound of beef.

Genuine Creole Jambalaya

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Recipe Source: Ruby Williams

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons butter or margarine
3/4 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
1 clove garlic, minced
2 cups cubed fully cooked ham,
1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 (10 1/2-ounce) can beef broth,
10 1/2 ounces water
1 cup uncooked long grain rice
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon dried crushed thyme leaves
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 1/2 pounds raw shrimp, peeled and deveined

Directions:

Melt the butter in a Dutch oven. Add the onion, celery, green pepper, parsley. and garlic. Cover and cook until tender. Add the ham, tomatoes, broth, water, rice, sugar, thyme, chili powder, and pepper. Cover and simmer until the rice is tender, about 25 minutes. Add the shrimp, and simmer until the shrimp are cooked through, about 10 minutes.

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Tips: Add some hot sauce for extra heat. Smoked sausage is a great substitute for ham.

Beef Style Rice and Roni

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Recipe Source: hillbillyhousewife.com

Ingredients:

3/4 cup long grain brown or white rice
1/4 cup broken spaghetti (or just use more rice)
1 tablespoon dry onion
1 tablespoon dry parsley
2 tablespoons margarine
2-1/2 cups water
1 tablespoon soy sauce
3 beef flavored bouillon cubes or 1 tablespoon powdered bouillon

Directions:

In a 2-quart saucepan combine all ingredients. Bring the mixture to a boil. Place a lid on the pot. Reduce the heat to the lowest possible flame. Simmer, covered until done or for about 45 minutes for brown rice or 20 minutes for white rice. Serve hot.

Leftovers can be heated up the next day, by sauteing the cold rice in a little margarine, like fried rice. Scramble in an egg and serve in bowls. Makes a quick and easy lunch for hungry kids.

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