Easy Cajun Rice Pilaf, the Ultimate side dish.

This post was sponsored by Riceland Foods in conjunction with The Women Bloggers, LLC. All opinions are always honest and my own.

As a homesteader, I like to use as many homegrown ingredients in my cooking as possible. However, when I can’t grow the food myself,  I go with brands I trust and one brand that I have mad love for is Riceland. Riceland Foods is the world’s largest miller and marketer of rice grown by farmers in Arkansas and Missouri. #ProntoPerfectRice

In my neck of the woods, Riceland products are hit or miss. But I’m willing to drive if it means getting the quality ingredient that I need. I know that Harp’s Foods carries most Riceland products, but not all carry Boil-in-Bag white rice.

I was already in Vinita for a family gathering, so I decided to go stock up on Boil-in-Bag at the next town over, Chelsea.

Normally I just use the rice all by its beautiful self as a side dish, but I’ve been wanting to do a little more and to add my own flair to it.

My husband spent some of the weekend out on a local lake fishing for catfish. I knew at some point we would be having fried fish, so I wanted a side dish that would compliment the fish but have some of its own flair, so Easy Cajun Rice Pilaf was born.

Easy Cajun Rice Pilaf #RicelandBoilinBag

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Easy Cajun Rice Pilaf #RicelandBoilinBag

Ingredients

  • 2 bags Riceland Boil in Bag White Rice
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 c. chopped green pepper
  • 1/2 c. chopped yellow onion
  • 2 Tbspn. unsalted butter
  • 1 Tbspn. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. cajun seasoning (I used "Slap Ya Mama", but any will do)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Pour chicken broth into pot and bring to a boil.
  2. Add bags of rice and cook according to the directions on the box, using chicken broth rather than water.
  3. While the rice is cooking, in a large saucepan, on medium heat, melt butter.
  4. Once butter is melted and simmering add onions, peppers, garlic, Cajun seasoning, and salt and pepper and allow to cook.
  5. Once rice is finished, pour off 1/2 cup of broth and add to saucepan. Drain rice and add to saucepan.
  6. Cook on medium low heat for about 3-4 minutes, stirring consistently until all liquid is dissolved.
  7. Serve warm or cold as a perfect side-dish
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I prepared the rice the way it is listed on the package, however instead of using water, I boiled the rice in some of my homemade chicken broth. If you don’t have homemade, I was then use store bought because it gives the rice such an additional rich flavor.

Look at this gorgeous rice. It seems to always cook perfectly with Boil-in-Bag.

Once the rice is finish, just add it to the mixture, stir and cook for a few minutes while the liquid is absorbed. Then it is ready to serve. Have a wooden spoon ready, as I had to beat the family off just to get a picture.

As you can see it was a perfect compliment to the fish. The batter on the fish is also from Riceland and gluten free just like the rice.

What are your favorite rice dishes? Please share them in the comments, because I would love to know more way to use my favorite rice!

 

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