Pati's Mexican Table is a great show. Pati teaches you Mexican cooking, something I would truly love to learn. So, the other night when I was looking for a side dish, I remembered a simple dish she made on her show. Why not start simple? I loved it! If you haven't seen Pati's show, please check it out... and try this recipe! The only change I made to it, was to add some cilantro... Just because I love cilantro!
White Rice with Toasted Angel Hair Pasta (Source: Pati's Mexican Table)
2 cups white rice
1/4 c. vegetable oil
1 c. angel hair pasta, broken into pieces
1/4 c. white onion, diced
1 garlic clove, minced
4 c. water or chicken broth
1 T. fresh lime juice
1 t. kosher salt
1/4 c. chopped cilantro
Soak white rice in hot water for 5 minutes. Drain, rinse with cold water and drain again. In a cooking pot, heat the oil over medium heat until hot, but not smoking. Add the angel hair and fry for about 2 minutes, stirring constantly. It should be browned but not burnt. (On the show she describes the color as "tanned")
Add the drained rice, cook for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Rice should reach a milky white color and it feels and sounds heavier when you move it.
Add onion and garlic, stir and cook for another 2 minutes. Add water or broth to the rice, add the salt and lime juice. Once it comes to a boil, reduce the heat to low, cover with the lid, and cook for about 20 minutes.
The rice is ready when the water has been absorbed and the rice is tender and cooked. Turn off the heat and keep it covered for at least 5 minutes. Add cilantro. Fluff with a fork and serve.
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