Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Eating the Americas: Coca-cola Rice

We only tried a couple of dishes on our Eating the Americas tour during the last week, and I have a feeling we won't try anything this week, since we're getting ready for vacation. The recipe that I did try, which is from the country of Colombia, received mixed reviews from the family. I really liked it, and a couple of others were totally okay with it, and nobody disliked it. The fact is that I am the only one in the family that genuinely loves rice. So I have to take that into consideration, and not serve rice more than once a week at most, and not take it personally when I don't get rave reviews for rice dishes. That said, if you and your family do like rice, you may find this slightly sweet side dish an interesting complement to a spicy meat dish, as it's often served in Colombia. At least according to Global Table Adventure, where I found the recipe.
Arroz con Cola (Coca Cola Rice)
olive oil
small onion, chopped
1 cup rice
1 cup broth or water
1 cup cola
salt and pepper

Heat a little olive oil and saute chopped onion for a few minutes, until soft. (I left out the onion since I didn't have one the day i made this.) Then add the rice; stir and cook another few minutes, until the rice is hot. Add chicken stock or broth (or water). Slowly add the cola - slowly, because it will fizz up! Season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce heat to low and simmer for about 16 minutes. Remove from heat and let the rice sit for a few minutes, covered. Remove the lid and let it sit for another couple minutes before fluffing with a fork and serving hot. Yummm!!!

Who would have thought that Coca-cola would go so well with rice?! And I just noticed how nicely I placed the Coca-cola branding on my dinnerware in my picture. Believe it or not, I did not plan that. I just snapped a picture of the dollop of tasty rice on my plate. I love it when a plan comes together!

This post is linked at Try a New Recipe Tuesday, hosted by Lisa at Home to 4 Kiddos.

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This post was added to the Throwback Thursday Blog-Style link-up hosted by Tots and Me... Growing Up Together! on September 24, 2015

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