This week’s Secret Ingredient for Friday Foodie Fix is rice! For most people living gluten free rice can become a staple. Rice flour is often used in baking and adding rice to a meal often is the right side dish. As for me, I can’t eat rice and I think I miss that more than gluten. But I still cook it for my family.
Rice is an ancient grain and has been cultivated since at least 5000 BC. Today rice is a staple for almost half of the worlds’ population. There are more than 7000 varieties and they are grown either as aquatic rice (paddy grown) or hill grown. You can find long grain like the Basmati rice that cooks up light and separates easily. You might enjoy the short grain which has a higher amount of starch like Arborio rice which is used to make risotto. And of course medium grain as you may have guessed is something of a combo of short and long grains. Let’s not forget the choice between white and brown rice too. White rice has had the husk, bran and germ removed while brown is the entire grain with only the inedible outer husk removed. Now if you want more information on rice please check out The Deluxe Food Lover’s Companion where this information comes from.
I think my favorite rice dish I make with rice is Mushroom Risotto. Risotto can seem intimidating but it’s really easier than most people realize. The trick is keeping the stock warm, adding it a ladle at a time and don’t add more in until the last was absorbed. Check out my recipe for all the details.
Now it’s your turn to share your rice recipes with me. Please add your link here and you can also leave a comment. Make sure the recipe contains rice and please link back to this post in your recipe post. Even if it’s an older post, just add an update to your page. For all the rules please check out the Friday Foodie Fix page.
Next week’s Secret Ingredient is ……………. Raisins!
Great ingredient this week! We make risotto about once a week, LOVE it's creaminess and way you can customize the flavor profile 🙂
Jenn- Isn't risotto amazing. It's like a beautiful open palate to create amazing meals with. What are your favorite flavor profiles?
I just saw a recipe for green risotto for St. Patrick's Day, so I immediately thought of you and this Friday Foodie Fix. 🙂 Need to check out all the recipes here now.
Shirley- I love green risotto. I used to make it with spinach. That's a good way to make green eggs and ham too.
My heavens, for the amount of rice we eat in this household, I can't believe how few recipes I have on my blog using rice! I will have to get on that 🙂