Thursday, September 20, 2012

Jon's Should-Be-Famous Mexican Rice (Gluten Free)

Today's recipe is one I make at least twice a week. It's Chloe's all-time favorite dish  + often times, it's the first thing she asks for in the morning. "RICE!"

My reply?
"Chloe -- it's 6:30 in the morning. You can't have rice. It's breakfast time."

To be completely honest, I usually turn my head and laugh right after answering her. It's cute that she's learned how to say it -- but not so cute 2 hours later when she's still asking + protesting that it's unfair that rice isn't allowed at 8 am.

Oh, parenthood. Sometimes you've just gotta laugh. :)

Truth Be Told?
This is pretty much the most-amazing-rice-of-all-time. Chloe's not the only one in our family who is obsessed with it.

Make this and you'll understand why! :)

This recipe was passed down to me, by my friend Karini's husband, Jon. Like the stereotype goes re: firefighters being good cooks -- in the case of Jon -- it is absolutely TRUE! The man is a serious cooking genius. He should open a restaurant or a catering business. Or maybe just make a blog!

Yes, Jon. I just announced that. Now please go do it! ;)

Cooking Beginner...
We can all guess who I went to, when I was newly diagnosed + needing to learn how to cook, right?

I went to Jon.

Even though I knew he didn't cook or eat Gluten Free -- I knew he could teach me the skills I needed to learn to cook more for myself + help me get the ball rolling!

His first lesson? Chicken Enchiladas + Mexican Rice. For weeks -- those were the two things I made all the time.

Now -- it's my turn to pay it forward! :)


A Little Tip Before We Begin...
The trick with this rice is to NOT to leave it until you have everything in the pot + boiling.

So here's my warning -- prepare yourself so you have 15 minutes of FREE, uninterrupted time before you make this, especially the first few times when you're learning. :) You'll be "browning" the rice and it has to be constantly stirred.

Here's a video of someone making a similar rice recipe, so you understand what I mean:
YouTube Video (Note: This is NOT how I make Jon's Rice Recipe, but it's very similar in terms of how to "brown" the rice. You need to constantly stir it so it doesn't burn.)


Time For Some Prep...
To prep this dish you'll need to dice up 1/2 of a white onion + puree your Mexican Tomatoes (found in a can).

I puree my tomatoes by usually throwing them in my food processor.

A Tip...
Want to save time the next time you go to make this dish? Puree up a couple cans at a time, place the extra pureed tomatoes into baggies, label + freeze until you need them.

Defrost + you're ready to go!


Time To Make Some Rice!
Start by turning your burner to a Medium-High Heat

Put about 3 tablespoons of corn oil + 2 cups of long grain white rice into your pan. Begin stirring your rice (this is that interrupted time I spoke to you about) + keep stirring it until you see it start to turn a very faint, light brown. 

Add your diced onions + Stir for another 3-4 minutes or so. Keep stirring! :)

The rice will start to feel almost fluffy-like when you're stirring it. It'll feel like it's a different consistency. That means it's time to add your pureed tomatoes, chicken/vegetable broth + salt.

1 can pureed mexican-style tomatoes
3 1/4 cup of chicken or vegetable broth
1 1/2 teaspoons of salt (or to taste if you like more)

Turn up the heat to high + bring this liquid deliciousness to a boil.

Once it boils, stir everything one last time + then cover.

Turn your heat down to medium-low + let sit for 15 minutes.

At 15 minutes check the rice. If it's still really moist -- let it sit longer. It can take up to 20 minutes.

Stir to combine all the ingredients + then it'll look like this:

Voila! You're done! It's time to serve it + eat it!

Recently I made this rice + paired it with my hubby's Gluten Free Tamale Pie recipe. I'll share this recipe soon! :)

Enjoy + Happy GF Eating! 
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  1. Megan LOVES rice just like C. So I'm certain this is going to become a staple in our house. Great recipe! Can't wait for the tamale pie! Bring it on! Love me some Mexican food! Thanks for all your great recipes and your blog is looking so beautiful! Congrats! :) xo

    1. We recently found out our daughter has Celiac disease and have been looking for a good gf mexican rice recipe. Thank you for posting this! I can't wait to give it a shot.


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