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Mexican Red Tomato Rice

Mon, 04/30/2007 - 3:54PM by partysugar 0 Comments -
Mexican Red Tomato Rice From Rick Bayless 1 (15-oz.) can whole tomatoes, drained 1/2 small white onion, roughly chopped 2 garlic cloves, halved 1-3/4 cups chicken broth or water Salt 1-1/2 tablespoons olive oil 4 whole tomatoes, unpeeled 1-1/2 cups rice (medium-grain) 2 carrots, scraped, chopped into 1/4-inch pieces 3 serrano chilies or 2 jalapenos, slit lengthwise nearly end to end 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  1. In blender or food processor, combine canned tomatoes with onion and garlic. You may add tomato juices to the measure of chicken broth or water. Blend tomatoes smooth to equal a generous 1 cup.
  2. Heat broth or water until steaming; season with salt. Lightly oil tomatoes. Grill the tomatoes to char their skins. When cool, remove most of the peel and roughly chop; set aside.
  3. In a 3-quart saucepan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add raw rice to hot oil and stir regularly during a cooking period of 5 minutes.
  4. If some rice kernels start to brown, that's fine. Add tomato mixture and carrots.
  5. Stir a couple times, then let cook until reduced and somewhat dry-looking, 3 minutes.
  6. Add the warm broth or water, the chilies and parsley; stir thoroughly and scrape down any rice kernels clinging to the side of the pan. Cover pan with lid and place on a range burner, or if pan is appropriate, place on cooking grate of charcoal or gas grill (indirect, medium heat).
  7. Cook for 15 minutes or until almost all liquid is absorbed. Add grilled tomatoes, stirring with a fork. Cover pan and cook 5 additional minutes.
  8. Gently fluff the rice with a fork when done. Remove the chilies or pull out and use to decorate the top of the rice, and serve.
Serves 6.

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