At 3pm on Saturday, my husband told me that he had invited some people over for dinner and to watch a fight. MEN! Anyhoo, we instantly started planning, what are we gonna serve so last minute. We decided on Beer Can Chicken, Grilled Veal Chops, and my contribution, Cilantro Rice. Now, I love rice with a passion, but sometimes you want to serve up your guests something with a little more pizazz, well this is the PERFECT go-to side dish.
Now I make this the old-fashioned way, in a pot, so ladies, put the hitachis away.
2 Tbsp oil (I use 1)
1 medium onion, finely diced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 cup cilantro leaves
1.5 cups chicken stock (I prefer Swanson’s 99% fat free, Organic)
1 cup white rice
1 tsp of salt ( I completely omit it, since the cilantro and chicken stock add enough flavor, plus I prefer to cook without salt when possible)
Blend together Cilantro and Chicken stock and set aside
In a large pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add Onions and garlic and sauté for about 2-4 minutes.
Add rice and stir, coating it with the oil.
Add Cilantro/Chicken Stock blend.
Let the rice simmer, until you see the liquid absorb just below the top of the rice. Lower the heat to low, and cover. Cook for 20 minutes.
WARNING: If you should decide to send Darling Husband to the grocery store, make sure you drill it in his head that he needs to buy cilantro, and not parsley, unless of course he wants you to shoot him dirty look for an hour or so. :)