Sunday Red Rice

Rice has been a popular food staple for a long time and is found in a number of cultures. One of the reasons probably is because it’s so versatile. Rice goes well with both meat and vegetables and is a key ingredient in a number of soups, stews, breakfast cereals and even desserts.

My favorite way to have rice is in dishes that also contain beans, although Spanish rice, which contains mushrooms, peppers and tomato sauce, rates right up there, too.

Here’s a rice recipe from the Gullah and Geechee culture on the Sea Islands of Georgia, which has retained ethnic traditions from West Africa since the mid-1700s.

Sunday Red Rice
4 thick slices bacon
2 thick slices boneless ham (about ¾ pound), chopped
½ cup chopped onion
½ cup chopped green bell pepper
¼ cup chopped celery
1 15-ounce can tomato sauce
2 2/3 cups water
1 tablespoon dried basil
1 bay leaf
¼ teaspoon granulated sugar
2 cups raw converted white rice (Uncle Ben’s preferred)
Ground black pepper
Fry bacon in a heavy-bottom pot to render the fat. Remove bacon and reserve for another use.
Saute ham, onion, green pepper and celery in the bacon fat until tender, about 5 minutes.
Add tomato sauce, water, basil, bay leaf and sugar. Stir to combine and bring to a boil. Add rice, cover, and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes or until rice is tender.
Remove the bay leaf. Add salt and pepper to taste. Fluff with a fork and serve.
Yield: Serves 6.
Approximate nutritional analysis per serving: 305 calories, 12 grams fat (4grams saturated); 35 milligrams cholesterol, 14 grams protein, 35 grams carbohydrates, 4 grams sugar, 2 grams fiber, 1,150 milligrams sodium, 50 milligrams calcium.

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  1. Jeff, I can tell that your recipes are quality; and I enjoy checking some of them out.
    Jeff, Actually I went to chefs school for a short time and worked in food service for approx 20 years. I once entered a bake off and tied for first place in the contest (I made a Swedish Tea Ring and tied with a bacardi rum cake entry for first place). That lady had won first place for the past 3 years. Great to see you’re doing so good!!! Ray

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