Green Rice

Aired February 5, 2009

Serves 4 servings
1 tablespoon EVOO Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 jalapeo peppers, seeds and ribs removed and finely chopped
1 1/2 cups rice
3 cups chicken or vegetable stock, divided
3/4 pound baby spinach
1/2 cup cilantro leaves

Place a medium pot over medium-high heat with 1 turn of the pan of EVOO, about 1 tablespoon. Toss the jalapeos into the pan and cook until tender, 3-4 minutes. Add in the rice and cook about a minute (you're toasting it, so it's ready when it starts to smell nutty). Add in 2 1/2 cups stock and bring up to a bubble. Turn the heat down to medium-low and simmer the rice until tender, about 20 minutes.

Make the "green" part of the rice by pureing together the baby spinach, cilantro and remaining stock (about 1/2 cup) in a food processor. Reserve it until the rice is finished cooking.

When the rice has finished cooking, stir in the green sauce and transfer the rice to a serving bowl or platter.

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