Brown rice with bacon and green onions

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It has been a while already that there is no more white rice for my family, which is a shame since as Brazilian, I am crazy for a fluffy, simple white rice. There are some exceptions but brown rice is the norm at our home now, with our diabetes friendly diet. It gets boring though… And I am always looking for new ways to boost the grain up.

Then I stumbled upon this Michael’s Smith recipe that brought some much needed variation on the brown rice theme. Easy and super tasty, I love the way the bacon is cooked, which I had never done before. Allow a good 50 min. to prepare it, be patient cooking the bacon and you will be very pleased with the end result. Fluffy, tasty and well cooked brown rice that goes well with any kind of meat or veggies.

It is from Michael Smith’s book, the same one I have mentioned a few times already.

Brown rice with bacon and green onions

4 to 6 slices of bacon, sliced or chopped
4 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
2 cups of brown rice ( I used a mix of brown and wild rice)
4 cups water
1 bay leaf
lots of freshly ground pepper
4 or 5 green onions thinly sliced

Set a saucepan over medium high heat. Toss in the bacon, then pour just enough water to barely cover it. Bring o a simmer, stirring frequently with a wooden spoon. As the water simmers, the bacon will begin to cook. Then as the water evaporates, the bacon will render, releasing fat. Lastly, it will crisp as the fat left behind heats past the boiling point of water into the flavor zone. Keep stirring until ever piece is evenly crisped, about 5 or 6 minutes.

Stir in the garlic and rice and continue cooking until fragrant.Pour in the water and add the bay leaf. Bring it to a steady simmer and then lower the heat to a very low, slow simmer. Cover and cook until the rice is almost tender, about 30 minutes. Turn off the heat, keep the lid on, let it rest for full 10 min. and the rice will be cooked just to perfection. Resist to the temptation to skip this step, believe me, it is time well spent. Season with freshly ground pepper and sprinkled with the green onions.

Enjoy and share!

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