Mexican Brown Rice

You know how i was all 'new post! new post! new post!' and now its all radio silence?

its because i've seemingly forgotten how to cook... it appears that 2011 and kitchen concoctions dont mesh well for me.

lately, everything i make is a failure of some sort - even things i've made a million times before - even simple boring boxed pasta - i've lost the magic. and its really getting me down and making the idea of ordering in a lot more appealing...

while i try to figure out what the hell is going on, i will share this mexican rice with you... last night was cinco de mayo, so we opted for basic quesedillias, refried beans (hint: goya refried > amy's refried) and this rice.


Its not the most traditional of mexican rices - a bit more tomato and no peppers, but it was seriously the first thing we've made in a while that didnt make me apologize throughout the entire meal...

(oh yeah, and if jordan ever offers you a margarita? if you have anything to do the next day, run far, far away. 1.5 of his amazing margaritas has left me way HUNG OVER this morning...)

Mexican Brown Rice
courtesy of me

2 tablespoons olive oil
1/3 of a medium red onion, diced
1 1/2 cups brown basmati rice (i'm sure any brown rice would do - just be sure to adjust your cooking time accordingly)
3 cloves minced garlic
2 1/2 cups vegetable broth
1 can (14.5 oz) petite cut zesty tomatoes w/ liquid
 ~ 6 strands saffron


Heat olive oil in a medium sized sauce pan over medium heat.
Add  the onion and saute for 3-4 minutes.  Onion should be somewhat softened, but not at all browned.
Add dry rice & saffron and stir to combine so that rice is coated with oil and cook with the onions for about 5 minutes or until rice gets 'toasty' - color will change a little and you'll smell it. 
Add in the garlic, stir well to combine & saute for one more minute.

Slowly add in broth, tomatoes & saffron threads. Stir to combine and bring to a boil. Allow to boil about 2 - 3 minutes and then turn the heat to super low and cover. 

Let it simmer for ~45 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Periodically check to make sure that there is still water in the pan (if your lid allows steam to escape, some of the liquid may evaporate before it can be absorbed).  If it gets too close to dry and the rice is still crunchy, add ~1/3 c of water & continue to cook.

Once all of the liquid is absorbed and the rice is cooked the way you like it, fluff with a fork & serve.

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