Monday, June 27, 2011

Simple Eats

One of my most favorite side dishes in this simple rice dish. I found this recipe on my all-time favorite blog I tampered with it a little bit and came up with a side dish of heaven that we eat all. the. time. So give it a try!

Start by cooking up a pot of rice. Which I don't have pictures of. I usually make 8 servings worth, which is 2 cups of rice to 4 cups of water. I season the water with Lawry's Garlic Salt, a tip I learned from a room mate ages ago and I haven't cooked my rice any other way since.

While the rice is cooking chop up some cilantro. Or if you're feeding my family, a lot of it.

We LOVE cilantro, possibly even more than my gals at Our Best Bites do!

Then cut some limes in half. Or you can go my family's route and cut up a lot of them. We like lime, too.

Once your rice is cooked, put in a bowl with a couple tablespoons of butter. Again, no picture. Then squeeze your limes into the rice.

Then dump all that delicious cilantro on top and mix away. The first few times I would recommend that you hold back a few limes and some cilantro and do a mix-taste-mix-taste deal until you figure out the ratios you like.

You'll end up with this delicious bowl of goodness that everyone will gobble up!

Lime Cilantro Rice
Adapted from Our Best Bites

This is the amounts that I put in for my family, but experiment with yours!

2 cups dry white rice, cooked in 4 cups of water
6-8 limes (depending on how sassy you are feeling that day!)
2 bunches of cilantro
2 tablespoons Lawry's Garlic Salt
2 tablespoons butter.

Heat 4 cups of water in pot. Season with garlic salt. (Note: This may sound like a lot, but I heard once on the food network that when cooking rice and pasta you have to season the water that it cooks in so the rice/pasta is seasoned when it comes out. "Salty like sea water" is what the Anne (Mario Batali's sous chef) said and she has never led me wrong with that!) Once the water boils, toss in your rice. Bring back up to a boil, then lower to a simmer and cover. Cook about 15-20 minutes. (Or however you make rice, everyone's method is different!) Dump in your butter and toss to coat. Then, put in your cilantro and lime, stir it up and enjoy!

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