I was excited about this recipe – Green Rice – from May Everyday Food. I love rice and I love green things. This was quite simple to make. You take 1 cup cilantro, 1/2 cup parsley, 1 clove garlic and 1/4 white onion, with salt and pepper and 1 3/4 cup water and blend it (I used the Cuisinart). Stir 1 cup rice with 1 tsp oil in a pot over high heat, then add the liquid. Bring to a boil, reduce to low, cover and let it simmer for about 15 minutes, then allow it to sit for another five. When serving, squeeze lime juice on it.
I have to admit the rice did cook perfectly. It looked very pretty and very appetizing. However, it just wasn’t good at all! It was bland – something I was quite surprised by! I didn’t really taste the cilantro or garlic. It was so bland in fact that I started doctoring it up at the table with butter, cheese, and leftover hollandaise sauce to make it palatable. No luck. Maybe this would be good if you served something over it that had a sauce, but as a side dish by itself, it was a big disappointment.
You had me going with this post, with each ingredient, I was thinking, “Wow, that sounds yummy.” I hate it when a recipe doesn’t taste as we think it should!
I’ve made versions of green rice before, with an Asian touch. Perhaps if you did it that way it might help? I always saute a lot of garlic beforehand, then add in finely chopped greens, and then a bit of soy sauce and a final dash of sesame oil.
That sounds wonderful
I was going to suggest sauteeing the garlic, too, and the onions, maybe even caramelise the onions. an interesting combination of spice, nonetheless.