Nice Baked Rice Recipe

Baked rice is just so nice and makes a lovely side for many dishes.

Nice Baked Rice

You will need:
1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
1 knob of unsalted butter - approx 25g
1 onion - diced
1 red bell pepper - diced
1 or 2 tomatoes - skinned and diced
1/2 a cup of white wine
**3 cups of hot chicken stock - use Knorr stock cubes (Oxo are too salty)
1 and a half cups of uncooked Long grain rice - I use Uncle Bens
salt and pepper to season

How to do it:
Get yourself a large skillet and melt the oil and butter together and then add the onions - fry them gently over a medium heat for a few minutes. Now add the peppers. You don't want the onions or peppers to brown - just cook them until they're soft. Season with salt and pepper.
Now add the rice and give it a stir for a couple of minutes then add the wine. The rice will start to absorb some of the wine and the lovely juices from the onions and peppers which will all add to it tasting so good.

Stir for another minute then pour the lot into a casserole that can go into the oven. Now stir in the chopped tomatoes and the chicken stock - remembering you can always add more so start with 2 and a half cups.

Dot the top with a few little bits of butter and cover the casserole with a lid but don't fuss if you haven't got one with a lid, I haven't, at least not one the right size. Just fashion one immediately from kitchen foil!

Put the dish into a preheated oven for about 30 minutes then check and give it a good stir and also to see if you need to add anymore stock and adjust the seasoning to your taste. Pop it back in the oven until the rice is cooked through and the liquid have mostly gone - probably another 5 or 10 minutes.
Serve the rice with whatever you fancy.


Top Tips!
I made 3 cups of chicken stock in case I needed it but I didn't. Better to have a little too much than not enough! If you are not using the wine you will need three cups anyway.
Tomatoes can be skinned easily but scoring them around the center and putting them into a jug of boiling water for a few minutes then the skin will peel of really easily.
For some reason baked rice just tastes different to ordinary rice and if you leave the lid off for the last few minutes you get nice crunchy bits.

8 comments

  1. Why have I never baked rice? It looks and sounds fantastic!

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  2. what's the biggest difference between baked and regular rice? I see this all the time here in Singapore as it's very popular though they usually top it with lots of cheese.

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  3. There is nothing tastier than baked rice!! I'll be tuning in tonight to see you, even if it's only a brief glimpse!

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  4. Very nice, indeedy..you don't have to convince me of baked rice!

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  5. The baked rice looks wonderful.

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  6. Never tried baking rice but now I am going to have to. Sounds awesome!

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  7. I have never tried baked rice, what a fabulous way to do it!! I have to try it!

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Thanks for taking the time to comment - much appreciated.
Cheers
Jan




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