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  • Serves: 6 Servings

Classic Green Rice

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Category: Rice, Mexican

 Ingredients List

  • 2 c Long-grain white rice
  • 4 Leaves romaine lettuce.
  • 6 Poblano chiles; roasted,
  • -peeled,
  • Seeded, and roughly chopped
  • 2 Serrano chiles; roasted,
  • -peeled,
  • And seeded
  • 2 c Garlic; peeled
  • 1/4 White onion; peeled and
  • -minced
  • 1 c Cilantro leaves; loosely
  • -packed
  • 1/2 c Parsley leaves; fresh
  • 3 1/2 c Water
  • 5 tb Unsalted butter
  • 2 ts Salt
  • 1/4 c Cilantro or basil; chopped
  • -(optional)


Rinse the rice in cold water and drain. In a blender or food processor,
puree the lettuce, chiles, garlic, onion, cilantro, parsley, and water.
Melt 3 tablespoons of the butter in a large pan, add the rice, and cook
over medium heat until translucent, stirring occasionally and taking care
not to scorch the butter. Add the pureed ingredients and the salt, bring to
a boil, and cook for 2 minutes. Reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for 20
to 25 minutes until the water has just evaporated. Remove from heat and let
stand for 5 minutes. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons butter and fluff up
with a wooden spoon. Garnish with chopped cilantro or basil, if desired.
Serving suggestion: goes well with barbecued chicken, rabbit, fish, or
seafood instead of the usual beans. Can be used with cheese and beans as a
filling for burritos. Storage: Keeps for 2 to 3 days in the refrigerator.
Variation: You can add orange zest, epazote, hoja santa (yerba santa),
basil, or marjoram for different flavor accents. Puree them along with the
lettuce and chives. Yield 6 cups

The poblanos give the rice a satisfying, smoky quality and the serranos
make the dish hot and spicy. Take care not to over estimate the water, as
no one enjoys gummy rice (except people without any teeth).

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