I just realized I have not been posting recipes!!!
I’m still eating, right? So, I had never heard of Carolina red rice until I moved to South Carolina and began taking culinary classes. We made this one in class. I don’t know what I expected to taste, but I did not think I would like it. To my surprise this is a very tasty dish. It is considered a comfort food here in South Carolina. If you like southern cooking you should give this one a try.
Makes one hotel pan (25 Portions)
3 T. Oil (I used canola)
1 C. Medium Diced Bacon
3 C. White Converted Rice
2 C. Diced Onion
3 T. Chopped Garlic
1 C. Chopped Green Peppers
3 C Tomato Paste
1.5 Qts Chicken stock
1 T Salt
1 t Fresh Ground Black Pepper
2 C Small Diced Smoked Ham
2 C Sliced Smoked Sausage
In a rondo sauté (a round saucepan) the bacon in the oil until the fat is rendered.
Sauté the rice for about 5 minutes, add the onions, green peppers and garlic.
Sauté for 5 more minutes on low heat.
Add the tomato paste and half the water and mix together well.
Add the last of the water, the salt and the black pepper.
Transfer to a hotel pan and bake at 325° F for about 30 minutes, checking every 10 minutes and stirring gently whenever necessary. Gently stir in the smoked ham and sausage during the last 10 minutes of baking time.