Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Spanish-Style Rice

My Mom, Rebecca, but don't call her that, she likes to go by her middle name, Anne.  Why? I don't know, Rebecca is beautiful but she says too many people wanted to call her Becky,  was born in Brewton, Alabama and her folks later moved to the Florida panhandle (where she would later meet my Dad).  That was a big 'ole run-on sentence, huh? She learned how to make this rice in her Home Economics class at J.M. Tate High School in Cantonment, Florida.  Should I say it was back in the 60's?  Little did she know at that time that she would be making it for her babies just a few years later. Thank you to my Momma's Home Economics teacher if you are reading this. God works in mysterious ways folks, never doubt that.

I just love the smell of this when it is cooking. There is just something about the smell of green peppers, onion and ground beef cooking that instantly takes me back to my Mom's kitchen.  Smells have a way of doing that, don't they? They can trigger a memory and instantly put you back in that certain place or time. I suppose that is why so many of us like to recreate the dishes of our childhood.  We like to remember those days of hanging out with our parents and being carefree and young. This dish is simple but a great addition to mealtime and it is 
perfect for leftovers the next day.
Ingredients:
1 pound lean ground beef
1 can (15 oz) tomato sauce
4 cups, prepared white rice
1 green pepper, diced
1 medium yellow onion, diced
Salt & Pepper, to taste
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (optional)
Directions:
In a large stock pot, add ground beef, green peppers and onion over medium high heat. Add a dash of salt and pepper to mixture.  Cook until ground beef is brown and crumbled and veggies are tender.  Drain excess grease. Put ground beef mixture back into stock pot. Add prepared rice and can of tomato sauce. Stir until thoroughly combined and heated through. Taste and check for seasonings at this point. I usually feel it needs just a bit more salt & pepper.  Turn off heat and add cheese (if using) until melted. Stir mixture to combine and serve.

Cook’s Note:  My Mom occasionally adds cheese to her rice to make it a bit more gooey and yummy.  If you are using boil-in-the-bag rice, you will need 2 bags of rice for this recipe. 
2 cups of dry rice will make 4 cups prepared.  To reheat: put a cup or so of rice into a microwaveable-safe bowl. Sprinkle with about a tbsp. of water or chicken broth. Cover with paper towel and heat for about 1 minute. Stir to make sure it is evenly warmed through. Microwave for additional 20-30 seconds if necessary.

Enjoy!


I love to serve this rice with my Taco Bake!

46 comments :

Melynda said...

Yum, this looks good!

RavieNomNoms said...

I know what you mean! I love making dishes that my mom used to make. It just makes you happy doesn't it? So comforting and familiar. This rice looks outstanding. I will have to try it very soon!

Elizabeth said...

It's amazing how certain smells can remind you of home. Unfortunately burnt popcorn reminds me of my moms cooking!

The rice looks great!

The Country Cook said...

Oh Elizabeth - you have me laughing out loud at that comment!! Bless her heart! All Moms have their strengths and weaknesses, right? :o

Ang said...

I love love Spanish rice. This looks great! I would have to do ground Turkey dont-cha know but this just sounds perfect. Home Economics, we love you.

P.S. I like Rebecca too:)

Anonymous said...

Looks delicious!
I used to work with someone that went to Tate! She graduated in the early 80's. Small world!
Thanks again for sharing! This is one of my little boy's favorite recipes.

Candace said...

I can smell the peppers, onion and beef cooking from here. There's just not a lot that smells better than that combo. My husband is going to looooove this recipe. He loves Spanish rice in the restaurants and he loves it when it's not so "tomato-ey". Yours appears to be just "tomato-ey" enough for him. I have never attempted it at home but with your recipe now, I am going to surprise him. Thank you!

Jennifer said...

You've given me another recipe I can't wait to try! I'm printing it right now. Thanks for sharing.
Jennifer

Nicole@HeatOvenTo350 said...

I still have some recipes from my own home ec class that I had in high school over a decade ago. It would be funny to think of my daughter posting on them in a few years, but when you've got a winner recipe you keep it! This spanish rice looks great.

Sandra said...

Wonderful tasty dish Brandy! I love how you made it, you would make your mom proud!

Holly said...

Yum, I bet this smells great when its cookin! Great recipe!! : )

Gloria said...

Love spanish rice, look delicious! gloria

Pretend Chef said...

Speaking of our mother's names... my mom's name is Roxane which is beautiful on it's own but since she's a belly dancer she goes by Roxannah to sound more exotic. Haha! I love it! Spanish rice is one of those things that makes my stomach hurt just thinking of it. You know when you get drunk off a certain alcohol and can't stand the smell or sight of it? Spanish rice does that for me. I stuff myself off the stuff at my favorite Mexican restaurant and the stomach ache lingers in my mind for months. It's still lingering. In another month or so I'll be ready to give this a try!

Cheryl and Adam @ pictureperfectmeals.com said...

In our home the magic smell is garlic and onions sauteing in olive oil. Love this recipe. Had many variations of it and your looks delicious, too!

carolinahearstrings said...

That looks so delicious. My daughter will love it. Thanks Mom Rebecca/Anne.

Elisabeth said...

I haven't made Spanish style rice in years...and have forgotten all about it. My children used to love it when they were little.
Love your recipe, and it turned out so yummy... Great side dish, as well!

Anonymous said...

Been looking for a spainish rice recipe for a long time! This one is going on my week-end menu! Thank you

Lizzy said...

Well, if 3 generations like this, it's got to be wonderful! I'd definitely add the cheese...so yummy!

scratch-made wife said...

Mmmm! That looks good; I'm all about one-dish meals!

Haley @ The Girly Girl Cooks said...

YUM! I always buy Uncle Ben's Spanish Rice, which makes me feel like I'm cheating in the kitchen...so I should try this!!!

thecompletecookbook said...

I really wish my hubby enjoyed rice more. This dish looks lovely and comforting.
:-) Mandy

Becky said...

Great looking rice, and childhood memories:) My name is Rebecca Ann, but I go by several names. My friends call me Becky, my family calls me Beck, and when I was working I was Rebecca.

Rosemary said...

I haven't made this in years either. I guess I usually turn to pasta . . . but I think I know what's for an easy dinner tonight. It will comforting after -- can you believe it? -- another day of snow! And it's laying!!!

cajunlicious said...

This looks so yummy! I love Spanish rice. Thank you for posting.

ButterYum said...

Oh dear, I could eat Spanish Rice until I turned into a blimp. I seriously love the stuff.

Kim - Liv Life said...

Oh, how I love Spanish Rice!! One can never have too many rice recipes, this one is added to my file!!

christyd said...

This sounds so good! Thank you for sharing!

Rachael@Lovely Crafty Home said...

This looks so delicious! Stopping by from TT&J!

Jennifer said...

Oooo, I just found this recipe yesterday and here I am making it tonight! Looks so yummy! I'm serving it up as dinner with chips and homemade guacamole. THANKS!

The Country Cook said...

That's great Jennifer. I really hope you like it. It's such a simple recipe but it is total comfort food for me. And guacamole sounds so good too!

josefina said...

Hola, soy española-andaluza(sevilla) y nosotros no hacemos el arroz asi.
Hacemos primero el sofrito de todas las verduras,cuando esten doradas, añadimos la carne picada , y por ultimo añadimos un poco de agua,cuando empiece a hervir añadimos el arroz.
probarlo, ya e lo diras.
un abrazo desde España

The Country Cook said...

Hola Josefina. Muchas gracias por sus comentarios. Y gracias por el gran consejo. Estoy definitivamente va a intentar eso. Es así que encantado de conocerte!

angie217 said...

I add a couple of pieces of bacon to my ground beef while it is cooking. Mmm mmm good!

Anonymous said...

Brandie, This is the EXACT recipe my sweet mama used for what she called "spanish rice" while we were growing up :) We still love it and now we fix it for our kids! I have never seen the recipe anywhere else, or heard anyone else call it "spanish rice". Maybe it's a southern thing. My mom grew up in Texas, a bit before yours, as she was a teen in the 40's. I just LOVE your blog and will be visiting A LOT to try your recipes :) I believe it was a God thing finding you today :)

Blessings!

Debbie
robydeb@aol.com

teresa said...

I just found your blog today via pinterest. We are having your taco bake. Anywho MY DAS IS FROM BREWTON!!! He was born in the early 50's! He drove the school bus his senior year of high school!! Ha!! Small world!

Jo - Le Baby Bakery said...

Just found this via pintrest & looks great. I'm from the uk so we tend to have different names for things like mince rather than ground beef. What is tomato sauce? Is it like a pasta sause i.e. seasoned with herbs etc or more like passata (sieved tomatos)?

Thanks

Jo

Terry said...

My mama grew up in Andalusia which is just a stone's throw away from Brewton! She used to make this too ~ the leftovers would go into a thermos for my school lunch the next day (yes I was one of those children that would take their lunch to school and my friends all wanted it).

Anonymous said...

so glad I found this recipe!!.Grow up in Pensacola...grad from PHS, I stil have family in Cantoment and Brewton...lol

BamaJypsy said...

My grandmother used to make this when I was a child. My mother also made it when I was growing up and everyone always loved it! Our recipe uses tomato paste in the place of the tomato sauce and I sometimes add Rotel tomatoes and hot peppers! Great recipe!
My grandmother lived in Monroeville and I still have family there as well as Brewton, AL! All over that area of AL!
Shelly
Lanett, AL

Deb Wheeler said...

I grew up with this "Spanish Rice" in Alabama and Florida. So, that's what I cook, however, here in New Mexico this is NOT spanish rice, and believe me, I get told!!! LOL!! I will not change to their's because it's basically just rice, tomato sauce and seasoning. Not the same.

Anonymous said...

Small world.....I lived in that area of Alabama and in the panhandle of Florida (near Marianna) during that time as well. Maybe we crossed paths! Thanks for all the recipes, they are great and I like to cook food I can actually pronounce and find in the grocery store!

Anonymous said...

If you add just about a tablespoon of bacon grease to the Spanish rice, it makes it much more flavorful and rich.

Anonymous said...

Garlic makes any Spanish rice so delicious!!

Moe Jones said...

Hi Brandie, I am 81 years old, and this is what my mom used to make for our family when I was growing up. The late 30s were hard years in a lot of ways, and this was something we could always afford to make. I have been looking for a recipe that sounded like my mom's, and this seems to fit the bill. I will make it soon. Thanks for posting it, brings back a lot of memories. And I agree, the smell of something cooking in the kitchen is always great.

Brandie Skibinski said...

Moe, I just loved reading your comment! I am so thrilled that this recipe brings back some good memories for you. I hope it tastes exactly like you remember!

Anonymous said...

I'm very excited to try this with the Taco Bake for dinner tonight!!! Also, my name is Rebecca Anne too!!!! haha! Your mom must be awesome because she has such and awesome name! ;)